‘Major’ crystal meth operation stopped in eastern Ky.

Published 11:05 am Tuesday, July 17, 2018

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (KT) – A Virginia woman and a Georgia man who may be in the country illegally, were indicted last week by a Pike grand jury after the Pikeville Police Department interrupted a “major trafficking operation” involving crystal methamphetamine on Tuesday, the Appalachian News-Express reported.

Officers with the Pikeville Police Department located Jeremy Otto Gonzalez, 25, of Mableton, Georgia, and Amanda Casey, 22, of Hurley, Virginia, allegedly in possession of 26 ounces of crystal methamphetamine inside of a room at the Brookshire Inn Tuesday morning, the newspaper reported

During the investigation, officers uncovered a backpack in the room which held a shoe box, inside of which was a plastic bag which, Pike Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Bartley said, held more than 26 ounces of high quality crystal methamphetamine. According to Bartley, the street value for the crystal meth would be between $75,000 and $100,000.

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“The PPD did excellent work in this case. This is probably 500 or more individual doses that were ready to be distributed in our area. The officers interrupted that and kept that off of the street,” Bartley told the newspaper. “They very likely saved somebody’s life and, without question, helped stop some people from feeding their addiction with this drug.”

According to Bartley, the amount of crystal meth that was found, the high quality of the crystal meth and the relative young ages of Gonzalez and Casey raised major red flags.

“These two people are very young — they are in their 20s. How do they have the financial resources to be carrying $100,000 in crystal meth? Obviously, they don’t,” Bartley said. “There is somebody else that is supplying this drug to them. I am really curious as to who is supplying this drug and what expected to get in return.”