Saturday, May 1, 2004

Agents seize 50 pounds of marijuana, arrest five



By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

NEWPORT - Narcotics agents seized 50 pounds of marijuana en route from Arizona to Northern Kentucky this week, officials announced Thursday.

The seizure, and subsequent arrest of five people, was the result of a continuing investigation of suspects from Arizona who had recently brought a large amount of marijuana to the area, said Jim Liles, the newly appointed Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force director.

With help from officers from the Campbell County, Highland Heights and Alexandria police departments, agents stopped five vehicles Wednesday evening on Ky. 915 and Ky. 10 in unincorporated Campbell County near Alexandria. Liles said the 7:30 p.m. traffic stop was the result of a three-day investigation that included surveillance.

One of the vehicles, a Dodge pickup truck with Arizona plates, contained 50 pounds of marijuana wrapped in seven individual plastic packs. Liles said marijuana is selling for about $1,400 a pound in Northern Kentucky. Police want to have the marijuana tested to confirm their suspicions that it came from Mexico.

Agents also seized $7,000 and a small amount of crack cocaine, authorities said.

The five people arrested were:

• Julie C. Fint, 21, of Newport, charged with trafficking in marijuana.

• John C. Henry, 24, of Lakeside Park, charged with trafficking in marijuana and failure to appear.

• Kevin K. Holbert, 36, of Tucson, Ariz., charged with trafficking in marijuana.

• Michael R. Kapp, 36, of Tucson, charged with trafficking in marijuana and possession of cocaine.

• Keri A. Mack, 26, of Tucson, charged with trafficking in marijuana, possession of cocaine and driving with a suspended license.




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