Arrests link Anderson Co. men to Mexico drug ring

Published: Dec. 6, 2017 at 6:01 AM EST
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Two men are now behind bars after a major drug bust in Anderson County.

Police arrested Gadiel Ortiz-Flores and Brian Hensley, both of Lawrenceburg, on a federal fentanyl distribution charge.

Anderson County Sheriff Joe Milam says Kentucky State Police stopped a vehicle in Lexington on Tuesday night. Officers found more than two pounds of fentanyl.

"It’s a poison to our community and kids, and it’s a danger to every first responder that comes in contact with it," Milam said.

According to the sheriff, Ortiz-Flores has ties to a drug organization in Mexico.

"Anytime you can take a kilo off the streets is a big win," Sheriff Milam said. "It’s not like a ball game where we are done. It’s a constant battle, but it’s one we will fight every day."

Sheriff Milam says his office and the Lexington DEA Task Force have been investigating the pair for six months.

Drug experts say fentanyl is the most disturbing trend they've seen in awhile. They say its often sold to users disguised as a less potent drug.

"Heroin as deadly as it is ... pales in comparison to fentanyl," said Van Ingram, executive director for Kentucky's Office of Drug Control Policy.

Ingram says the kilogram would have been enough to supply the entire state for a certain period of time and that it had the potential for a large profit.

"A kilo of pure fentanyl has a profit if broken down with fillers and binders and sold in powder form of 1.6 million dollars."

The bust a big one not just for the region but the entire state.

"It's huge. They saved a lot of lives last night by getting this fentanyl that was surely bound for Kentucky residents," said Ingram.

Sheriff Milam says the Lawrenceburg home was searched last night and the investigation is ongoing.

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