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Louisville Police arrest four allegedly involved in "large scale" cargo theft, marijuana trafficking ring

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Marcos A. Placeres-Padron (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Marcos A. Placeres-Padron (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
Eduardo Cruz (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Eduardo Cruz (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
Ridian Boizan-Gonzalez (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Ridian Boizan-Gonzalez (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say they have discovered a large scale marijuana trafficking ring in Louisville.

Four people were arrested Monday, but police say more arrests are expected, since this investigation is still open.

Police say 59-year-old Marcos Placeres Padron is the head of a local large-scale marijuana trafficking ring. He was arrested Monday along with three other people: Ridian Boizan Gonzalez, Eduardo Cruz and Rodolfo DeValle are also charged in connection to the case.

"We got a complaint to the 574-LMPD tip line on a marijuana trafficking organization here in Louisville, Kentucky," said LMPD Detective Steve Healey.

Police say that tip came in Monday morning. It led them to a home on Algonquin Parkway. An arrest citation says one of the suspects -- DeValle -- was there.

"There was one small bedroom and a small area that was being used as a kitchen cooking area," Det. Healey said. "The rest of the house was broken down into various stages of the marijuana grow operation."

Police say next they searched a home on New Cut Road. They say that is where the marijuana was being processed -- and the home was being turned into another grow house.

In all, police say they recovered just under 100 pounds of processed marijuana, and 115 plants, plus stolen goods worth more than $10,000.

"At both the Algonquin Parkway location and New Cut Road address, we recovered a large amount of a stolen semi truck load shipment of...I believe it was health and beauty aides," Det. Healey said.

Police say Placeres Padron owns all of the houses they searched. He and the three other suspects went before a judge Tuesday morning with the help of an interpreter. They're facing charges like complicity to trafficking in marijuana and complicity to cultivating marijuana.

"Hopefully these four arrests will not be the only ones we make off this," Healey said.

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