Major Drug Trafficking Bust in Louisville Leads to Numerous Arrests and Seizures

Drug Arrest in Louisville, KY

Police allege that Watts and his crew worked with a local repair shop to smuggle drugs into Louisville. Drug task force members intercepted calls and texts between the suspects.

28-year-old Alonzo Dixon and 18-year-old Landon Pearl were stopped on I-65 by an ISP trooper. During the stop, Dixon fled across all lanes of traffic.

Drug Charges

Drug charges can arise from possession, distribution, manufacture or trafficking of illegal drugs or misuse of prescription medication. These arrests often depend on the type and amount of drugs found, whether they are for personal use or distribution, and if other evidence supports the case, such as scales, plastic baggies, or statements from witnesses. Possession is generally a misdemeanor, while possession with intent to distribute carries harsher penalties, including fines and incarceration of up to 10 years.

The investigation, dubbed Operation Frozen River, was conducted by a joint task force of Louisville Metro Police narcotics detectives and federal agents from the FBI’s Louisville field office and Homeland Security Investigations Nashville and Cincinnati divisions. The suspects were arrested on four separate indictments that include conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and actual distribution of methamphetamine, fentanyl and other controlled substances. The charges are based on a months-long investigation. The defendants face a minimum of 10 years in prison to life in prison, depending on their convictions.

Drug Possession

In Kentucky, possessing (not necessarily selling) cocaine is a felony charge that carries serious consequences. This is because cocaine is considered a Schedule II drug, which means that it has high potential for abuse and has no accepted medical uses.

If you’re convicted of drug possession, you may face prison time, fines, and a lengthy probation or parole period. This is why it’s important to get an experienced Louisville drug crimes attorney on your side immediately.

A lawyer can help you fight your drug possession charges by arguing that the evidence used against you was illegally obtained. For example, if police used drug-sniffing dogs without a warrant or did not follow the proper procedure for obtaining search and seizure laws, this could be grounds to have the drugs and/or evidence suppressed. A lawyer can also argue that you didn’t actually have the drug in your possession. Having an expert lawyer on your side will ensure that all your rights are fully protected.

Drug Manufacturing

The Louisville Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes three Kentucky counties and four southern Indiana counties, is the state’s primary drug-distribution center. The area is served by an extensive road, rail, barge and air transportation network. Illicit drugs concealed in shipments of legitimate goods or delivered via package delivery services can easily find their way to this distribution region.

Police say they arrested two Louisville residents after finding cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and pills at their home in the 7200 block of Gorham Way. Investigators also found a large amount of cash, suboxone strips and digital scales.

Street gangs that engage in organized criminal activity continue to exist across the state. However, the violence associated with gang-related crime in these groups has decreased over time as law enforcement agencies have become increasingly proactive in their efforts to drive gang members underground or out of their jurisdictions. In fiscal year 1999, more than 45,000 drug-related arrests were made in the greater Louisville division, which consists of Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Drug Trafficking

Law enforcement in Louisville and Southern Indiana has uncovered a major fentanyl and methamphetamine drug trafficking operation. The Operation Frozen River investigation, a joint task force effort, resulted in 34 people being arrested on federal drug charges and seized several pounds of drugs and weapons.

The investigation began after police intercepted calls and texts between Gonzalez, Watts and Catalan discussing a large drug shipment coming to Louisville. Police tracked the semi truck on Interstate 65 and watched it pull into Catalan’s auto repair shop in a commercial area. Officers threw flashbangs inside the shop to distract the suspects and disorient them with noise and smoke before making their arrests.

The men were charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl, possession of fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and distribution of fentanyl, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. Dorian Rudolph was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and trafficking in methamphetamine second offense-firearm enhanced.

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