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SPENCER COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- Roughly 900 pounds of marijuana has been found stashed inside a rural Spencer County, Ky. farm house.
Hector Serrano and Gabael Suarez were arrested Monday night after a search warrant at their rental property revealed a huge stash of pot. Authorities say they found 42 bricks of marijuana--each 22 pounds each--in multiple places in the house. They say the pot is valued at more than $600,000.
Kentucky State Police say Serrano and Suarez are illegal immigrants from Mexico. The drugs, they say, are also from South America.
"Based on my experience, and it being compressed like it is, it's what we called 'Mexican Express,' and we believe it was imported from South America," said Trooper Jeff Gregory of the Kentucky State Police.
Police say they got a tip from LMPD Monday morning. Later that day, multiple agencies including Kentucky State Police, the Hardin County Narcotics Task Force, Nelson County Sheriff and Bardstown Police assisted in executing the search warrant.
Tpr. Gregory says the bust is the largest one they've had in years. It is something, he says, that builds morale among narcotics teams in the area. "When you get a load this big, there is a feeling of doing your job, and some rewarding feelings."
Police say when they executed the search warrant, Serrano tried to run. "Upon approach by the officers to the house, one illegal Hispanic male ran out the back and had to be tracked by several different agencies," said Gregory. He said using canine and air support, they were eventually able to make an arrest.
Serrano and Suarez were charged with trafficking marijuana over five pounds. They are currently being housed at the Nelson County Jail.