POLICE: Louisville man arrested for selling "extremely large" amounts of heroin
According to an arrest report, police executed search warrants at two homes occupied by 30-year-old Earbie Johnson, earlier this week. One was located on Divinity Lane, near the corner of S. 28th Street and W. Kentucky Street, and the second one was on Dumesnil Street, near Louis Coleman Jr. Drive.
"There were two search warrants executed simultaneously at two locations in the west end of Louisville,” said Maj. Ken Hatmaker of Jeffersontown Police.
Police say they found Johnson in the Divinity Lane address, along with packaged heroin and $3,681 in his possession. After searching the home, they also allegedly found packaging materials, a digital scale, a stolen .40 caliber Glock handgun and about 1-1/2 ounces of additional heroin.
After executing a search warrant at the Dumesnil Street location, police say they discovered $107,180 in cash, more than 19 ounces of heroin, marijuana, prescription pills, a Smith & Wesson 9 mm pistol and a digital scale.
The houses are 20 miles from Jeffersontown but Major Hatmaker says they made the arrest because the investigation started in Jeffersontown.
"We have authorization and jurisdiction to go county wide and for lack of a better term, go to the head of the snake and cut it off. This originated in the west end as far as Kentucky and Louisville, however, we do believe it to be coming from a source city," said Hatmaker.
Johnson allegedly told police that he would purchase anywhere from 0.5 to 2 kilos of heroin at a time, then break the heroin down into grams and sell it for profit.
Police say the total amount of cash seized came from the sale of heroin.
Johnson was arrested and charged with enhanced trafficking in a controlled substances, enhanced trafficking in marijuana, enhanced possession of drug paraphernalia and receipt of stolen property.
Police requested a high bond, "due to extremely large drug trafficking."
It was originally set at $100,000 but was lowered to $50,000 Thursday afternoon.
Hatmaker says while this is one of the biggest drug busts in the department's history, it's not the first and it won't be the last.
"This is just the tip of the ice berg," he said. "There are other guys who do just what he does."
Hatmaker says heroin is impacting everyone right now and that's why they're aggressively trying to get it out of the community.
"This stuff reaches further than just the drug trafficker or the drug user or the addict. I mean, you guys cover once a week, or daily for that matter, a home invasions, an armed robbery."
Hatmaker says most of those crimes are drug fueled.
"This is a priority for our department and our city," he said. "We do not want this drug here, among other opiates. We just don't want it here. It destroys lives."
The seized money will likely go back to the department.
"What you see there, we intend, with seized drug money -- that buys a lot of body cams, and I know the public, the police, all of us want body cams for officers," Major Hatmaker told WDRB.