Williamsburg Police confiscate 12 pounds of marijuana

By Angela Sparkman | 

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - WIlliamsburg police saw an alleged drug deal, which led to a large drug bust.

Police say they ended up finding twelve pounds of marijuana, hundreds of pills, and more than $20,000 at a home in Whitley County.

Williamsburg Police spent Thursday bagging the marijuana, pills and thousands of dollars. Police say they found it all at a home in Gatliff late Wednesday night.

"We drove up on it. Just luck, we just had luck," said Det. Bobby Freeman.

Detectives say they were canvassing East Highway 904 on a case not related to the drugs. Police say they drove up to a house and saw Michael Rose standing in the driveway talking to Johnny Johnson in a van.

"We pulled into the driveway of this particular residence, just as we pulled into the driveway, we basically drove right into the deal," said Police Chief Wayne Bird.

"It looked like marijuana. Also I smelled the aroma of marijuana," said Det. Freeman.

"Johnson had five pounds of marijuana in plain view sitting between two seats," said Chief Bird.

Chief Bird says they got a search warrant and then found another seven pounds of pot in another vehicle. They also found hundreds of pills under bricks and more than $20,000 in cash on the property. Police also seized two vehicles and a Polaris Ranger UTV on the property.

They arrested both Michael Rose, 50, and Johnny W. Johnson, 57. They are charged with trafficking marijuana over five pounds.

Police say the two suspects are already out of jail on bond. Detectives plan to take the case to the grand jury.

WIth that quantity of marijuana and that amount of pills and that amount of cash, I mean, it was obvious trafficking," said Chief Bird.

Police say both men have a criminal history.

The two suspects are scheduled for a preliminary hearing in October.

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