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Vehicles seized in drug Bust

By Greg Bird
birdman@tmcvoice.com

An investigation into suspected drug activity in a Strunk residence resulted in at least one arrest and the seizure of several vehicles by the McCreary County Sheriff’s Department.

According to Sheriff Randy Waters the investigation led to the issuance of a search warrant for a home on Rutherford Road Monday night, where quantities of meth, cocaine, marijuana and pills were discovered.

Sheriff Waters stated 18.9 grams of suspected methamphetamine; 14.8 grams of suspected cocaine and several pills were discovered in a child’s car seat covered with a blanket. Additionally, several hundred baggies, scales, more than $3,000 in cash and other drug paraphernalia were seized.

Pablo Eduardo Hipolito Gonzaga, 38, was arrested at the scene and charged with three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and lodged in the Leslie County Detention Center.

Officers returned to the residence Tuesday afternoon after obtaining an additional search warrant to conduct a more thorough canvas of the home and property. A total of nine vehicles, two four-wheelers and a jet ski were seized by the Sheriff and placed in impound. If a Judge rules the vehicles were obtained through the proceeds of illegal drug activity, the property can be turned over to the Sheriff and sold.

Agents from the Lake Cumberland Drug Task Force, Kentucky State Police, U.S. Forest Service, and Fish and Wildlife and County Attorney Conley Chaney assisted in the search Tuesday.

Additional arrests and charges may be pending as the investigation continues.

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