Aug 17, 2011 2:49 PM
Three people have been arrested in Georgetown in what police are calling a bizarre drug trafficking scheme.
Mable F. Soto, 55, Walter J. Cline 33, and Justin R. Scott, 21, all of Georgetown, are charged in the scheme. Police say they believe Soto traded items with other for pills and other drugs at her home on Marks Street.
Police say that inside Soto's home, they found high-end television monitors, expensive gaming systems and even stacks of boxed up cleaning supplies, along with $150,000 and food stamps.
According to police, the items were all part of an elaborate drug trafficking operation.
"Just about anything that has value, (Soto) was trading narcotics for," said Georgetown Police Lt. Robert Swanigan. "It's very easy for them to get those items from the store and they bring them to the dealers and it's just a vicious cycle."
Officers say it became apparent something was going on after a home invasion back in July. "We got several tips that there were probably a few things going on in the home that we needed to investigate," said Swanigan.
And, after weeks of investigating, Soto and the two other suspects are all behind bars. "It speaks volumes as to the level that the problem is in Kentucky and in Georgetown with pills," said Swanigan.
Soto is charged with trafficking in marijuana, trafficking in a controlled substance, and receiving stolen property. Cline, who was moved to the custody of police in Boone County on failure to appear and probation violation charges. Scott is also charged with failure to appear and probation violation charges. Both he and Soto are being held in the Scott County Detention Center.