UPDATE: Duo Arrested on Drug Charges at Bus Station

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UPDATE 8/22/14 @ 6:26 p.m.
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Dirty women's underwear, used tampons, spices and fake hair: it's a lot of stuff no one would want to touch.

Boyd County Sheriff's deputies said that's the reason a drug dealer from Detroit wrapped more than 250 grams of heroin with all of those items.

Two men were arrested overnight in a big drug bust at the Ashland Bus Station.

Officers said it's all worth $50,000 before it's cut up to be sold and double that after it's mixed with aspirin or baby laxatives.

"Pretty heavy stuff," Boyd County Sheriff's Narcotics Officer Scott Ball said.

Deputies made one of their biggest heroin busts of the year, but they had to dig through some nasty stuff to find it.

"The pink backpack was loaded with wet dirty women's underwear, actually used tampons and weaves, fake hair, stuff like that, kind of like a deterrent, kind of to keep people from wanting to look in that bag and dig around," Ball said.

Underneath it all, they found 252 grams of heroin.

Investigators said the man carrying it, Thomas Reid, was fresh off the Greyhound from Detroit. They said Jeremiah Bennett of Proctorville, Ohio, was his lift to deliver the goods.

"It's a continuing problem, we keep, every day we go down there to work the bus we get something off it, from the heroin in the peanut butter jar to this," Ball said.

They also found several cell phones, ringing off the hook with texts and calls from people wanting their dope.

Officers said two of the phone actually phones paid for by tax dollars to help people in need, money that comes right out of your pocket to help move their product.

"It's a trend they see, every person we stop from Detroit has at least three cell phones on them, one they may pay for, two government phones and they're using those as their drop phones, not track-able, get rid of it and that's where they do their deals with, set up everything and then get rid of the phones," Ball said.

Deputies said the drugs were headed to 8th Avenue in Huntington.

"Once they got it up there they would've cut it with other products, baby laxatives, stuff like that, that 252 grams may have become 350, 400 grams once it hit the street," said Ball.

Investigators said that means triple the profit compared to the Motor City.

But they said the drugs aren't going anywhere.

"Two hundred fifty-two grams is actually a pretty large, large amount, say it's roughly $50,000 street value before it's cut, so, somebody in Detroit's not happy," Ball said.

Sheriff's officials said a normal bust off the Greyhound can be anywhere from 10, 20 or even 30 grams of heroin.

Investigators said many of these "drug mules" delivering the dope, are getting wise to tougher policing at bus stations in our region.

Instead, they're hopping off in cities like Columbus and Lexington and driving over.

Sheriff's deputies also said the dealers are starting to Fed Ex their drugs to people they meet in our region.

At that point, investigators said they'll come down and pick it up.

Thomas A. Reid is charged with trafficking a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

Jeremiah M. Bennett is charged with complicity to trafficking a controlled substance.

Both are currently in custody at the Boyd County Detention Center.



ORIGINAL STORY 8/22/14 @ 7:49 a.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Two men allegedly bringing heroin from Detroit, through Ashland to sell in Huntington have been arrested in an undercover drug sting at the Ashland Bus Station.

Boyd County Sheriff's Deputies with the Boyd County Sheriff's Department Narcotics Unit arrested Thomas A. Reid, 34, of Detroit, Michigan and Jeremiah M. Bennett, 33, of Proctorville, Ohio Thursday night.

Deputies say the pair was in possession of approximately 250 grams of heroin with a street value of $50,000.

They say the heroin was found in a pink backpack wrapped in dirty wet woman’s underwear, used tampons and fake hair. The heroin was also in a plastic bag with seasoning and spices around the heroin to attempt to mask the odor.

Thomas A. Reid is charged with trafficking a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

Jeremiah M. Bennett is charged with complicity to trafficking a controlled substance.

Both are currently in custody are the Boyd County Detention Center.


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