Over one pound of heroin seized in Kentucky drug bust - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX

Officials: Heroin bust one of largest in Kentucky history

A four month long investigation led to the arrest of four people connected with heroin distribution in Kentucky.

Authorities in northern Kentucky executed a search on Thursday at an Elsmere home on Spring Street and at the Turfside Motel in Florence. The search yielded 240 grams (one half of a pound) of black tar heroin.

Tamara Wombles, 28, of Elsmere, Duran Wombles, 27, of Florence, and Lauren Summers, 22, of Florence,  were arrested and charged with Trafficking of Controlled Substance and Engaging in Organized Crime, offenses that could land them up to 20 years in prison.

Information obtained in the search and arrests led authorities to an apartment in Lexington where they located approximately 670 grams (nearly one and a half pounds) of black tar heroin. They arrested Jesus Lizarraras-Estuoillo, 27, of Lexington at the scene. He is charged with Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1st Degree, a Class C Felony.

The investigation included undercover drug deals where authorities say they purchased heroin from Duran Wombles and Summers, who were supplied with heroin by Tamara Wombles. 

Investigators believe Duran and Tamara Wombles were supplying heroin to multiple drug dealers throughout northern Kentucky.

Bill Mark, Director of Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force says the bust is one of the largest heroin seizures by local law enforcement in Kentucky history.

The drug bust comes ahead of a "Heroin Listening Session" scheduled for Florence where Senator Mitch McConnell is set to make an appearance.

Leaders, experts and those affected by heroin will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing prevention, prosecution, and treatment/recovery efforts in light the area's heroin epidemic. The event is Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Northern Kentucky Development District. 

Copyright 2014 WXIX. All rights reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Jury to deliberate after Cosby painted as predator, victim

    Jury to deliberate after Cosby painted as predator, victim

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:26 AM EDT2018-04-25 04:26:54 GMT
    Wednesday, April 25 2018 8:34 AM EDT2018-04-25 12:34:26 GMT
    (AP Photo/Matt Slocum). Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial near a cloud of bubbles blown by a protester, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum). Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial near a cloud of bubbles blown by a protester, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.

    Jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial are poised to start deliberating after a marathon day of closing arguments.

    Full Story >

    Jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial are poised to start deliberating after a marathon day of closing arguments.

    Full Story >
  • Lax vetting on Trump nominees begins to frustrate senators

    Lax vetting on Trump nominees begins to frustrate senators

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:47 AM EDT2018-04-25 04:47:40 GMT
    Wednesday, April 25 2018 8:32 AM EDT2018-04-25 12:32:10 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon). CIA director Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan Pompeo arrive for a State Dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump at the White House, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon). CIA director Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan Pompeo arrive for a State Dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump at the White House, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Washington.

    As President Donald Trump's pick to lead Veterans Affairs skids to a halt, senators from both parties are voicing frustration that the White House is skipping crucial vetting of nominees and leaving lawmakers to...

    Full Story >

    As President Donald Trump's pick to lead Veterans Affairs skids to a halt, senators from both parties are voicing frustration that the White House is skipping crucial vetting of nominees and leaving lawmakers to clean up the mess.

    Full Story >
  • Cincinnati Zoo, business rescue more than 50K honeybees

    Cincinnati Zoo, business rescue more than 50K honeybees

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 8:32 AM EDT2018-04-25 12:32:08 GMT
    The Cincinnati Zoo and a local business owner rescued more than 50,000 honeybees from a garage and took them to the zoo for educational purposes. (Photo: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Facebook page)The Cincinnati Zoo and a local business owner rescued more than 50,000 honeybees from a garage and took them to the zoo for educational purposes. (Photo: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Facebook page)

    The Cincinnati Zoo and a local business saved more than 50,000 honeybees that have been inside a garage at least 25 years. The bees were found colonizing inside a wall at the garage about two miles away from the zoo in Avondale, according to a video posted to the zoo's Facebook page. Dick Morgan, who owns Morgan's Canoe and Morgan's Natural Buzz Honey, is seen on the video using a special vacuum to suck up the bees so they can move them. The mass of young bees, eggs and larvae...

    Full Story >

    The Cincinnati Zoo and a local business saved more than 50,000 honeybees that have been inside a garage at least 25 years. The bees were found colonizing inside a wall at the garage about two miles away from the zoo in Avondale, according to a video posted to the zoo's Facebook page. Dick Morgan, who owns Morgan's Canoe and Morgan's Natural Buzz Honey, is seen on the video using a special vacuum to suck up the bees so they can move them. The mass of young bees, eggs and larvae...

    Full Story >
Powered by Frankly