POLICE: Gilbert's Pay Lake used as front for illegal activity
BULLITT CO., Ky. (WDRB) -- Guns, illegal drugs and thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise.
Bullitt County detectives say they found it all in an unlikely place.
Officers with the Bullitt County Drug Task Force say it was all seized at Gilbert's Pay Lake. And as a result, four people are in custody after a 9-month investigation.
Detectives say it's the result of an undercover investigation at the pay lake on County Line Road.
"The business was used as a front for narcotics and stolen goods sells," said Lt. Mike Murdoch, with the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office.
Inside the pay lake, detectives say they found drugs, guns, money and thousands of dollars in stolen fishing gear and merchandise.
"The investigations started after drug detectives with Sheriff Greenwell's drug task force received a tip that owner was selling illegal narcotics and stolen goods out of the business," said Lt. Murdoch.
Bullitt County detectives arrested the owner, Benjamin Bennett and three others, Kristina Payton, James Carroll and Robert Wright. They are all behind bars, charged with engaging in organized crimes.
"The items that were placed outside were all stolen items, the people would steal the items and take them to Mr. Bennett where he would sell the items to Mr. Bennett for much lower than he would for resale or wholesale," Lt. Murdoch said.
Police say Bennett gave a full confession and more.
"In addition when they asked him which of these items outside were stolen, there were numerous other items there, they asked which ones were stolen, he said that it would be easier to show them the items that weren't stolen."
Bullitt County detectives say there will be more arrests and they're even looking at some local doctors who may have prescribed some of the drugs.
Police are estimating the value of the stuff between $10,000 and $20,000.
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