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Buffalo Trace employee accused of stealing up to $30K of Wild Turkey bourbon

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The stolen barrels of Wild Turkey bourbon recovered in a search. The stolen barrels of Wild Turkey bourbon recovered in a search.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- Five barrels of bourbon, 25 firearms, thousands of dollars in cash and illegal steroids are what Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton says his deputies found at a Frankfort home Wednesday night after a search warrant was served.

Detectives arrested 45-year-old Gilbert Curtsinger who also happens to work at Buffalo Trace Distillery. But, officials say the stolen bourbon came from Wild Turkey, a distillery in Anderson County.

"I've never seen anybody recover actually stolen barrels full of bourbon so it is very unique," said Sheriff Melton.

Sheriff Melton told WDRB Curtsinger is charged with possession of a controlled substance, buying or possessing drug paraphernalia and receiving stolen property.

"When you combine that with the drugs that were there, that enhances those drug charges," he said.

Wild Turkey Distillery officials released this statement:

“We will work in full cooperation with the Franklin County and Anderson County's sheriffs' offices regarding their current investigation. We thank the authorities for their efforts on this case and have immediately begun our own internal investigation. We take this matter very seriously and support the pursuit of full legal action against anyone found in violation of local, state or federal government laws related to our business. As this is an ongoing investigation, we have no further comments at this time.”

Buffalo Trace told us in an email it would be inappropriate to comment during the investigation, so it's unknown if Curtsinger still has a job there.

Sheriff Melton told WDRB he and his deputies believe other suspects are involved.

"We do believe there are. As this case unfolds, obviously it's in the early stages of the investigation and it's already going in several different directions. we're following up and working the investigation as we speak. We're going to follow up on every lead that we have and we have several," he said.

Testing is being done on the bourbon. Each barrel is estimated to be worth between $3,700 and $6,000.

Curtsinger left jail Thursday on a $10,000 bond.

Officials wouldn't say if this is related to last year's Pappy Van Winkle theft.

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