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    KY-Metro drug ring tied to Mexican cartel

    Metro drug ring tied to Mexican cartel

    Posted: Nov 21, 2012 3:44 PM CSTUpdated: Nov 21, 2012 3:44 PM CST
    By Maira Ansari -

    LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Four people are under arrest on drug charges and over 2,400 pounds of marijuana are off the streets after an eight month investigation which police say was connected to a drug cartel in Mexico known for violence.

    LMPD says the arrests came after multiple search warrants were served early Wednesday at two Okolona homes - one in the 6300 block of Hackberry Way and a second in the 10100 block of Winding River Way.

    In addition to the marijuana seized, Mitchell said officers also confiscated approximately $1.6 million in cash.
    "The money just kept coming from every room in the house, the basement, upstairs, to first floor," said Lt. Rich Pearson.

    "Two o'clock in the morning, my kids were actually in the driveway when it happened and police were coming up guns were drawn," said neighbor Heather Reynolds. "They were really freaked out."

    Police arrested four people - Horacio D. Magana, 22, Maritzein R. Rangel, 20, Evelia Macias-Farias, 39, and Elias Vazquez-Garcia, 40 - are charged with trafficking in marijuana over five pounds and engaging in an organized criminal syndicate. Police say they are all illegal immigrants.

    During a press conference Wednesday morning, police linked the four people charged to the violent Zeta drug cartel. The Zetas are considered by the U.S. government to be the most technologically advanced, sophisticated, and dangerous cartel operating in Mexico.

    Police say the suspects did a good job of blending in and may have chose the area because Louisville is the 16th largest city with major interstates running through.

    "What they were doing is bringing the drugs up from Mexico through whatever route they were taking," said Lt. Pearson. "Louisville is a jump off point we believe they mass the drugs here and distribute them to other locations. Some of it I'm sure was distributed in Louisville. Other parts were distributed in Kentucky probably up north."

    Police say the marijuana has a street value of more than two million dollars. The suspects will be in court on Friday.

    A juvenile boy was found in the home. he's now with family members

    Elias Vazquez-Garcia (Source: LMDC)

    Rauda Rangel-Maritzein (Source: LMDC)

    Horacio D. Magana (Source: LMDC)

    Evelia Macias-Farias (Source: LMDC)

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    Major drug bust nets 4 arrests, 2400 lbs. of pot, $1.06M cash

    by Gene Kang
    Posted on November 21, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Police busted two houses in Okolona and seized thousands of pounds of pot hidden in the garage. Neighbors who live on the quiet, tree-lined street had no clue it was linked to a Mexican drug cartel.

    Sean Clark and his friends witnessed the massive marijuana bust across the street.

    "They opened the garage and there was up to the ceiling in bags of pot. It was crazy," Clark said.

    The Louisville Metro Narcotics Unit took trash bags full of 2,416 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $2.6 million. They seized more than $1 million in cold hard cash.

    "All of a sudden these guys start running up the streets with these guns and going to the house and yelling search warrant, search warrant," Clark said.

    "They had a pickaxe trying to open the door. I guess they just broke the window and got in," Clark's friend said.

    An eight-month investigation uncovered the drug trafficking ring. Rauda Maritzein-Rangel, 20, Elias Vazquez-Garcia, 34, Evelia Macias-Farias, 39 and Horacio Magana, 22, are locked up. They are admitted illegal immigrants from Mexico now facing drug charges.

    "What they were doing was bringing the drugs up from Mexico from whatever route they were taking. Louisville is a jump off point," Lt. Rich Pearson with the LMPD Narcotics Unit said.

    Police searched two homes at the 6300 block of Hackberry Way and 10000 block of Winding River Way.

    When WHAS11 knocked on the door at Winding River Way, someone answered and then shut the door.

    Hidden in normal neighborhoods with children, detectives say this group was part of a pipeline to smuggle drugs to the rest of the country.

    One neighbor says at least one of the men arrested worked to reconstruct and remodel homes.

    "Very, very shocking in this neighborhood because it's usually pretty quiet around here," Vicki Morton said.

    Police say it was a disguise with dangerous ties to the Zeta Mexican drug cartel, a group that is so violent there may be retaliation.

    The Narcotics Unit doesn't know how long the group has lived in Okolona or the length of time they have been trafficking drugs. But there may be more arrests.

    "I'm wondering what other house has all this in it too. It's pretty scary to know that," Clark said.

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