McCracken Co. detectives find $180,000 worth of meth in SUV | Crime
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - As part of several ongoing criminal investigations, McCracken County sheriff’s detectives recovered about 4 pounds of meth from a vehicle that was seized on May 16 during a sting operation.
According to the sheriff's department, meth arrests from over the past year including a large operation in Mayfield in late April, led to a sting operation on May 16. Detectives covertly began direct conversations with an individual in Mexico that was originally from Paducah.
During a period from about May 1, detectives say plans were made for a large delivery of meth to be smuggled into the McCracken County area from an illegal drug organization out of Mexico. Detectives involved in the investigation learned that it would be delivered on the night of May 16, to a rural location on Fisher Road in western McCracken County.
Around 9:45 p.m. that night, detectives arrested a Hispanic male who was giving an address of Batesville, Ark., after he and another vehicle arrived at the location. The man was identified 32-year-old Jose M. Jimenez.
According to detectives, drug detection dogs indicated a positive alert on a Dodge Durango with Tenn. plates. The vehicle was searched extensively, and detectives say many parts of the vehicle were dismantled in an effort to find the drugs. After not having any success, a request for the vehicle to be x-rayed was made to the local bomb squad. The sheriff's department said that still led to negative results.
The suspect, Jimenez, was lodged in the McCracken County Regional Jail on a charge of conspiracy to Traffic in Methamphetamine. The vehicle was seized and placed in a secure impound area for the sheriff’s department.
During the week of July 1, sheriff’s detectives received an intelligence type bulletin from an organization that provides information to law enforcement about recent concealment methods being used by drug smugglers in the United States. It contained specific information on the Dodge Durango and the engine data that was consistent with the SUV in Jimenez case.
The data included reports of drug seizures being made from smugglers using a large void that was located underneath the intake manifold on the engine, thus requiring the entire intake manifold to be removed from the vehicles engine. Sheriff’s detectives obtained a search warrant Friday morning, July 5 to go back into the SUV, and conduct another search, this time into the actual engine.
According to the sheriff's department, 30 minutes into the removal in the engine's intake manifold, detectives found about 4 pounds of crystal meth that was hidden inside the underside of the vehicle intake manifold.
An additional charge was placed on Jimenez, who was still in custody from the May 16 arrest. An additional charge of second offense trafficking in methamphetamine was placed against him. He has a previous conviction for marijuana trafficking out of the state of Arizona, and is currently out on bond from the state of Texas for money laundering.
His current bond in McCracken County is $1.05 million.
Assisting in the investigation: the Marshall and Graves County Sheriff’s Departments, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms-ATF and a Kentucky State Police K-9.
This investigation is continuing and detectives are looking for additional suspects.
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