(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Troopers from Kentucky State Police Post 12 in Frankfort seized 1,424 pounds of processed marijuana from a barn located on Lilliard Ferry Road in Woodford County yesterday. Two bags of marijuana and ten 12-foot-tall plants were also found.
According to KSP Post 12, the estimated value of the confiscated material is approximately $1.1 million to $1.4 million.
As a result of the seizure, KSP troopers arrested Ricardo Olivas and charged him with trafficking in marijuana, greater than five pounds, first offense. He was lodged in the Woodford County jail. The case remains ongoing at this time.
“I am very proud of the great work by the personnel at KSP Post 12 in the fight against the illegal drug trade,” says KSP Commissioner Mark L. Miller. “These officers utilized their training in drug investigations to locate and seize this large quantity of marijuana, thereby keeping it out of the hands of drug dealers in the Central Kentucky area.”
This operation was supported by the Governor’s Marijuana Strike Force, which focuses on statewide marijuana eradication throughout the summer and fall. Last year, the strike force eradicated more than 509,000 outdoor plants statewide and more than 5,100 plants located indoors. This is the second large marijuana seizure of the year for KSP Post 12. Earlier this summer, they located and destroyed more than 4,000 marijuana plants in the northern Franklin County area.
“This large marijuana seizure is another example of the hard work of the Kentucky State Police,” says Lt. Gov. Steve Pence. “The Fletcher/Pence administration and the Kentucky State Police have sent out a strong message to drug pushers in our communities. Drug interdiction is a dangerous pursuit for the KSP and I appreciate the sacrifice of the brave men and women involved in this effort.”