Kentucky has some of the harshest penalties in the nation for violations of drug laws. A Louisville man recently arrested on charges of drug trafficking is facing that reality in the face.
Law enforcement officials said the 32-year-old man was maintaining several residences near the intersection of Southside Drive and South Arbor Park for the purpose of storing drugs and executing drug transactions.
Police say the man was staying in a residence near that intersection when they executed a search warrant there. They claim that they found a .40 caliber handgun under a bed there, which they said he admitted was his.
Officers then executed search warrants at apartments near the intersection of Southside Drive and Cambridge Drive that they claim are also used by the man to sell drugs. Inside the first apartment, law enforcement officials said they found 10 pounds of marijuana hidden in a ceiling. They also said they found a "large sum" of cash.
Police then executed a search warrant on the next-door apartment, which they say the man also uses. Officers say that they believe at least 50 drug transactions are carried out in that apartment per day.
Inside, they said they found unspecified amounts of marijuana and cocaine, according to a news report.
The man was then arrested and charged with trafficking marijuana, trafficking in marijuana, trafficking a controlled substance, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and drug paraphernalia possession.
Those facing similar allegations should speak with an attorney experienced in drug defense before talking to police or prosecutors.