Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement
Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Makes Largest Marijuana Seizure in Department History

Press Release Date:  Thursday, May 31, 2007  
Contact Information:  Bobby Clue
Information Officer

1400 lb Marijuana Seizure Picture(Bowling Green, KY) - Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement (KVE) Commissioner Greg Howard announced today the single largest drug seizure in KVE history.

On Sunday, May 27, at approximately 5:00 (CT), KVE Special Operations Officer’s conducted a random safety inspection on a tractor trailer north bound on I-65. After talking with the driver, it was determined that further inspection was warranted. At this time, a Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Special Operations K-9 was brought in to inspect the truck where the scent of narcotics was discovered.

Further inspection of the suspect’s vehicle led to a drug seizure of over 1,400 pounds of marijuana with a street worth of just over 2.8 million dollars.

"This traffic stop goes straight to the core of our mission,” said Lt. Greg Jenkins, Commander of KVE Special Operations. “The enforcement efforts of our officers truly make a difference in Kentucky highway safety." 

Kermit Garriques, 48 years of age, and Uriel Bell, 42 years of age were arrested and charged with trafficking in marijuana over five pounds and possession of narcotics with the intent to distribute. Both men are currently lodged in the Warren County Detention Center.

"This marijuana seizure eliminates another opportunity for drugs to hit our communities," said Greg Howard, Commissioner of Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement. "I commend the drug interdiction efforts of our officers."

Neighboring Simpson County was recently the location of the largest cocaine seizure in Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement history with over 112 pounds of cocaine being seized at an estimated street value of over $1.5 million dollars.