Thursday, September 20, 2001

1,033 pounds of marijuana seized from rig, police say

The Associated Press

        ELIZABETHTOWN — A tractor-trailer rig carrying a load of almond candy also contained a treat for Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement officers at a weigh station.

        Authorities found 1,033 pounds of marijuana in a seizure described as the largest seizure of marijuana in Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement history. The marijuana had a potential street value of $2.5 million, authorities estimated.

        Major Dave Herald of the KVE said boxes of marijuana were stacked atop the candy crates. The seizure on Monday in Hardin County occurred after officers became suspicious and discovered several boxes filled with marijuana in the truck.

        The driver, Jose Padilla, 50, of Las Vegas, Nev., was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and trafficking in marijuana over five pounds.


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