Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement
Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Makes Largest Cocaine Seizure in Department History
(Franklin, KY) - A traffic stop on I-65 by Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement (KVE) has led to the largest cocaine seizure in the department’s history. On Monday, March 26, 2007, at approximately 10:00 pm (CST), KVE officers from the Simpson County Post, made a traffic stop on a 2002 Blue Freightliner Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) for speeding in a work zone. After talking with the driver, officers decided to investigate further and requested the assistance of a KVE Special Operations K-9 trained for drug detection.
Upon further inspection of the CMV, approximately 51 Kilos (112 pounds) of cocaine was discovered with a street value of just over $1.5 million. This is the second largest cocaine seizure from a traffic stop in Kentucky history.
"This is the single largest cocaine seizure in the history of Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement," said Lt. Greg Jenkins, Commander of KVE Special Operations. "Our training is a vital component to the interdiction efforts of our department and our officers."
Francisco J. Delacruz, 35, and Humberto Contreras, 36, were arrested and charged with violations including trafficking of illegal narcotics. Both men were placed in the custody of the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
“Drug trafficking is a major concern of our citizens. Getting illegal drugs out of our communities is one of the top priorities of this administration,” said General Norman E. Arflack, Justice & Public Safety Cabinet Secretary. I commend KVE Commissioner Greg Howard and his officers on their drug interdiction efforts.”
The primary mission of Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement is to encourage and promote a safe driving environment through education and safety awareness while enforcing State and Federal laws and regulations, placing special emphasis on commercial vehicles.