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Two local men arrested in major county meth drug bust

By LARRY SEE JR.
Messenger Staff

A major methamphetamine drug bust the week of Aug. 5 has “put a dent” into the drug entering Meade County, Sheriff William “Butch” Kerrick said.

The bust came about while the county’s undercover drug detective was investigating suspected meth usage at a county residence, Kerrick said.

The investigation eventually resulted in arrests of two county residents.

“After that investigation, the leads we had developed led to a search warrant on Aug. 7 in the evening, which resulted in another arrest,” Kerrick said.

The quantity seized was less than one pound, but there was also a substantial amount of money seized, Kerrick said.

“At that time it was determined the meth was being trafficked in from an out-of-county location,” Kerrick said.

Officials enticed Bullitt County resident Michael Walker to Meade County, on the pretense of setting up a buy on Aug. 9 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The buy took place in the parking lot of a Muldraugh business, where Walker was arrested on the charge of trafficking meth.

“We learned about this on Thursday and in the meantime contacted the Bullitt and Jefferson county sheriff departments and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration,” Kerrick said.

Walker, during an interview, voluntarily said where he got the meth from, but added he had to go back to Bullitt County, as his supplier wouldn’t come here.

Sheriff’s deputies took Walker to his residence, where he made the call and sought a delivery.

The man, identified as Jose Pizarro, delivered the drugs while officers set up a surveillance around the house. He was taken into custody following the transaction, having in his possession a quantity of the drug.

During a search of Pizarro’s Pleasant Ridge Park residence by officers, they found additional meth and 40 weapons, Kerrick said.

Both Pizarro and Walker were lodged in the Bullitt County Jail.

The two Meade County residents were identified as Bryan Mitcham and Jason Humphrey. One has since bonded out and the other remains in jail.

“I think we have put a dent in the meth line from the north,” Kerrick siad. “They (the DEA) said this was over $1 million worth of meth on the street value, so this was a very significant amount of meth.”

Kerrick said meth is the drug of choice nowadays, adding the product officers seized was processed and of significant high quality.

Kerrick said Aug. 18 he hadn’t received the DEA test results, but reiterated he hoped this might curtail the situation and result in further arrests.

“This is an ongoing investigation,” he said, adding the department wanted residents to use their confidential tip line to report suspected incidents.

“We’ll be continuing to ask for the public’s help,” he said.

In addition to the above, also assisting in the investigation were the Kentucky State Police and the Greater Hardin County drug taskforce.

Pizarro and Walker’s cases are being handled through the DEA, Kerrick said, in part because the federal charges are more severe than local charges.

“This was some high-quality meth,” he concluded.



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