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News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2003

METRO NARCOTICS AND DEA MAKE LARGEST
COCAINE SEIZURE IN KENTUCKY HISTORY

image of 44 kilograms of pure cocaineLouisville, KY- On March 21, 2003, Detectives from the Louisville Metropolitan Narcotics Unit were conducting a cocaine investigation of Louisville resident Thomas Lavelle Johnson, 29 years old. During the investigation, Detectives seized about one pound of cocaine from Johnson and arrested him on narcotics distribution charges.

Investigators then received additional information that led them and Special Agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to search Johnson's residence at 5329 Oak Lea Drive in Louisville, Kentucky. Detectives and DEA agents seized 44 kilograms of pure cocaine with a street value of approximately $4.5 million dollars. This represents the single largest cocaine seizure in Kentucky history.

In addition to the cocaine, investigators seized $19,980 in cash, one firearm and three motor vehicles. Investigators suspect the drugs came from Arizona and have broadened the scope of their investigation accordingly.

"The DEA has always shared an outstanding relationship with the Louisville Metro Narcotics Unit, which is recognized around the country as a top-notch team. This case clearly demonstrates our strong ties with the Louisville Police Department," said Michael A. Braun, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Detroit Field Division, which covers Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan.

"This seizure illustrates the magnitude of drug trafficking that law enforcement is up against in Kentucky. The trickle down effect of this case will certainly put many local cocaine dealers out of business," said Gary Oetjen, Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the DEA's operations in Kentucky.

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