Men charged after deputies find $30K worth of pot

State Journal staff report Published:

Two Franklin County men were arrested on drug charges Wednesday after deputies found them with $30,000 worth of high-quality marijuana.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Antonio Beltran, 34, and Garcia Velo, 49, were charged with felony trafficking in marijuana after a two-week investigation by the narcotics unit. Deputies recovered 16 pounds of marijuana.

The Sheriff's Office expects additional arrests and charges in the case.

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  • BTW, FM/Dopehead, this has been no "discussion" and that the ignorance that you have displayed here and elsewhere should offend the sensibilities of every conscious human being. I particularly have a problem with law enforcement lobbying against decriminalizing marijuana...law enforcement has a decided and obvious conflict of interest on this issue and therefore, should not be setting drug policy. Rather, law enforcement should be doing its job in enforcing that policy. Policy setting is the prime directive of the legislature and the people, not the police. ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ The police and its paid lobbyist have constructed an entire business model around keeping pot illegal. While fighting against these proposed decriminalization laws, lobbyists have accepted huge sums of money from a wide array of police unions, some of which that they also represented in attempting to steer billions of federal dollars back to the same police department's marijuana suppression programs. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... These marijuana decriminalization laws threatened the paychecks of some of its biggest foes. Police departments stood to lose lucrative federal grants like a $550,000 payment in 2010 to police departments in three Northern California counties that covered 666 hours of police overtime spent eradicating marijuana. .......................................................................................................................................................................................................... How much federal money does our Sheriff's Office get from the feds to run its 7 man Miami Vice-like drug squad, that even the FBI knows says is "dirty"?

  • Fleet Manage...er ah, DopeHead: Of course it will be OK if they arrest anyone who is impaired on any substance...why would you think that I thought differently? Once again, you seem like you are high from these crazy scenarios that you present. Are you the Sheriff's Office tester that determined that the 16 pounds of pot was "high-quality marijuana"? If not, who was? How many car wrecks have occurred because one of the 29% of our KY population dropped a cigarette in their lap or had one fly in the back window and start a fire. None of the 18 states who have passed legislation to decriminalize marijuana have given anyone the right to light up in public or in a car. That is just plain ignorant. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ I don't want anyone who is impaired on the road, and applaud the police's efforts to strictly enforce DUI laws. That is irrelevant to this bust or this issue...and you know it. Is that the best ye' got?

  • 1713, right you are, those laws do not allow driving while smoking but WHEN they do and law enforcement throws them in jail, will that be OK? What if a car wreck occurs and someone if maimed because they drop their blunt on their shorts or floor of the car. Bummer, but the good thing is they can light up another while waiting on the ambulance to relieve their pain.

  • Lead the charge 1713. Someone did in Washington and Colorado. Be the man! Stand up for your principals. Be a leader.

  • Right, legal alcohol doesn't cause any problems. I recall 3 kids killed a few years ago here in Franklin County. Close to or half of all highway deaths are alcohol related. Read this story. Texas man gets life in prison for his 8th DWI conviction. http://houston.cbslocal.com/2012/11/21/man-gets-life-in-prison-after-8th-dwi-conviction/. According to the Ky Transportation Cabinet highway Safety Stats, 18.1% of 2012 Ky highway fatalities are alcohol related. If we add legal marijuana to the list, will highway fatalities increase? Sure they will. So legalizing alcohol has been a huge success unless you are one of the people killed or maimed by a drunk driver. Lets not forget about the families of drunk driving deaths. They will suffer for the rest of their lives. You are right it is happening but nowhere near the degree it will happen if legalized. Until then, please tell law enforcement what laws to enforce and which ones to disregard. Here is a marijuana arrest in Louisville http://www.wdrb.com/story/20154697/garage-full-of-marijuana-discovered-in-okolona . Thank you for your comments, I hope I haven't offended you, these are just some thoughts. Thanks for the discussion.

  • DopeHead, I guess that they (YOU!) don't call you (YOURSELF!) that for nothing, huh? What are you, about 10 years old (mentally)? My 8 year old can make a more lucid argument than that! HaHa! Pay attention! Learn something. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... You could read the laws (if you could comprehend them...if not, ask your Mommy for help) that were recently passed in Washington and Colorado and see that there is NOTHING in either one of them that allows for someone to drive impaired or be publicly intoxicated on marijuana. Ask Mommy to 'splain to you about our current alcohol laws and regulations...do they allow for impaired driving even though this drug is legal? H-E-double hockey sticks NO! .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Let's be real here, there is nothing stopping you from being high all day already, is there? It sounds like you have been huffing aerosol bathroom cleaner for years now. Or is that just the donuts talking? ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ Legalizing cocaine and heroin are not a "move up", as they are completely different drugs from marijuana, and for that matter, each other. There is no escalating ladder of drugs based on a softer to harder scale...that is a myth. But you like myths don't you? My good friend Ron Paul makes an excellent argument for legalizing all drugs...that I agree with because it makes sense. Prohibition hasn't done anything that it was originally intended to do, but it has created the Mafia and a whole criminal syndicate. But you wouldn't know anything about that because you don't get all hung up on readin' or thinkin' and stuff, do you? ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................And let's face it, nothing is stopping you from killing anyone in any manner that you choose right now, and getting away with it...isn't that right?

  • Hey Dopehead, I hate to tell you that it’s happening all around you everyday. If you look at the history of prohibition you'll see that it doesn't work. Do you think it's different from alcohol? It’s more difficult for the impressionable under age to purchase alcohol than it is other mind altering substances. Also, alcohol generates revenue instead of costing huge sums of tax money in law enforcement and prisons. I'm not a proponent of drug use, including alcohol and tobacco, but I do know the definition of insanity. The years of the war on drugs have only been effective in building and financing organized crime while draining the tax payers of money. I wish there was solution where people could live their lives in happiness without drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. But that just isn't the reality of the human experience.

  • I wish someone would lead the charge to legalize marijuana, maybe one of you two could. Then I could be high all day. High while driving to work past school busses loading and again when the little kiddies getting off the bus. I could work on complex problems at work while high, maybe process your paycheck. I could burn one while at the stoplight, get a good buzz on and who knows what I'd hit a few minutes later. Either I wouldn't care cause I got ma buzz on! Then after we legalize marijuana, why not move on up to cocaine, it's not that bad. It's fairly cheap. Not as cheap as Heroin but its more Hollywood and preppy than H. In between I'll snort some prescription pills taking from mommies medicine cabinet before going to school. They are already legal. All we need to do is sniff, snort and inhale our way to eternal bliss. Not a care in the world other than where we are going to get our next pill, gram, line, or oz. So bring it on, lets legalize everything we can put in our bodies...by choice. My only caveat is if you kill one of my family members while ingesting your favorite drug, I get to kill you in any manner I chose. Then I'll be the first one to support legalizing marijuana.

  • 1713, Not only that but this absurd law has made two more felons (more to come) out of everyday people whos only crime was supplying a much safer product then what is in every little corner supermarket. I mean jeeez, when will this stupid game stop (yes, STUPID GAME). 1713, you do know that this wonderful narcotic squad went to these people ready to KILL at the slightest resistance & more than likely tore up their house & property, don't you?.... Nope, don't play around with men that makes Hitlers & Stalins boys look like cub scouts. I have witnessed an actual raid by these THUGS wearing their badges & camouflage with guns strapped to their legs, hips, chest & a rifle slung over their shoulder. H*ll, Our own soldiers don't go all out crazy like that. Why in the heck would anybody need so many lethal weapons on their person is beyond me! The way they stand guard outside of a residence showing their power while intimidating and threatening arrest of innocent bystanders is way overboard. I wish the sheriff would make a film of his so called unit doing an actual raid so that everybody can see just how they really do roll... They are some GEMS in that unit that really needs some polishing & it wouldn't hurt to maybe practice some investigations on them! Last week alone, there were three accused criminals that the sheriffs office arrested (two for contempt(WOW) whos mugshot showed they took a recent beating (yet again). I'm pretty for sure that they deserved it. (cough cough) For some strange reason, I can't ever see a mugshot from our city or state police arrests that shows black eyes, bloody, bruised or scratched up heads.1713, Get ready for the defenders to get on us for speaking against this war & sheriff like they always do.

  • I feel so much safer now. It is ironic that two states just voted in the November election to legalize the same substance that our seven member "Narcotics Unit" (boys, boys, boys, marijuana is NOT a narcotic) spent two weeks investigating and then arresting two men who will no doubt be sent to prison over their possession of pot. How much did all of this excellent police work cost us hard working taxpayers? And this investigation is continuing, so the hemorrhaging of our tax dollars hasn't stopped on this case and others. Plus, it takes about $30,000 to keep someone in jail for a year. Who is going to pay that for these guys, the Sheriff's Office? ............................................................................................................................................................................................................. All the while, the Kentucky State Police annual Crime in Kentucky report in 2011 stated that a serious crime was committed every two minutes and 38 seconds in Kentucky. You know, serious crimes like rape, robbery, violent assaults, murder, burglary, arson, auto theft, and domestic violence...stuff that these fine sheriffs could be working on if they weren't so preoccupied with investigating, arresting and convicting marijuana violators. ............................................................................................................................................................................................................. Oh, did I mention that two states have now legalized marijuana for recreational use, joining the 16 other states who have legalized medical marijuana.