Oct 5, 2011 11:57 AM
LEX 18 sources have confirmed that two major drug busts that happened in Lexington and Georgetown Tuesday night are connected.
In the first bust, Lexington police arrested two people after finding thousands of pounds of marijuana inside a home on Ice House Way, located in the the Hamburg area. Police hauled nearly a ton of marijuana from the house and arrested two people.
Police have not released the names of the people arrested.
At about the same time, police in Georgetown arrested five men in a bust netting hundreds of pounds drugs and hundreds of thousands in cash. Police say three vehicles left a home that investigators had under surveillance in a drug investigation around 8:30 p.m. Officers attempted to pull over the vehicles for traffic violations. One car sped off and led police on a short, high-speed chase along southbound I-75.
After the vehicle stopped, a K-9 detected drugs in the car, and when officers searched, they found hundreds of pounds of marijuana inside. Another car had several hundred thousand dollars in cash in it. Police say they also found a gun in one of the vehicles.
Officers arrested Joaquin Diaz-Verdin, 19, Julio Cesar Robles, 33, Raul Rojos Rodriguez, 30, Gilberto Rodriguez, 31, and Luis Osvaldo Rodriguez, 37, and charged them with drug trafficking. Diaz-Verdin also faces a fleeing charge.
Early Wednesday morning, police searched a Georgetown home off Pavilion Drive in connection with the case. They found packaging and a small amount of marijuana there.
"The investigation will probably give us a little more information on where it was coming from, you know, were they bringing it here and then distributing it out from here to other places, which that's what it seems at this point, but again it's still very early. We're pretty much day one into the actual working of the case, so it's kind of tough to say what really was going on," Georgetown Police Lt. Robert Swanigan said.
So far, authorities in Lexington and Georgetown have not said exactly how the two drug busts are related.