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Police nab alleged drug distributor

Police used 15 kilograms of cocaine and a tractor trailer to arrest a person they believe to be one of the largest distributors of narcotics in central Kentucky.

Ricardo Mauro Trejo, 22, of Paris, was arrested Wednesday night at the 96 Truck Stop.

Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement/Special Investigation detectives and Clark County deputies confiscated 15 kilograms of cocaine and more than $100,000 in cash, Perdue said.

“He’s one of the larger distributors of illegal narcotics in our area,” Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue Jr. said. “He’s been a target of DESI’s for quite a while.”

Perdue said DESI officers intercepted the truck in western Kentucky, and decided to let the driver proceed to make the delivery in eastern Kentucky. Charges are expected against the truck driver, he said.

Perdue said the meet was set up for the 96 Truck Stop in Winchester. After the truck arrived, detectives saw a car circle the parking lot several times, before the driver got out and approached the truck driver.

Officers then arrested Trejo.

Trejo told detectives he had $1,000 on him. Detectives also found a box containing a “large amount” of cash. Trejo denied owning the case, and detectives sent it to a bank to be counted.

Perdue said Monday the amount of cash was well over $100,000.

Initially, detectives believed there was a kilogram of heroin in the truck, but it tested positive as cocaine, he said.

The drugs, police said, were worth about $600,000 wholesale and more than $1 million on the street.

Trejo is being held in the Clark County Detention Center.

Given the amount of drugs and cash, Perdue said he expects the case to go to federal court.

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Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email fred.petke@winchestersun.com or call 859-759-0051.

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