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.