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September 14, 2012

12 pounds pot, $20K cash found

CORBIN — By Charlotte Underwood / Staff writer

Two Williamsburg men are facing charges after police found more than 12 pounds of marijuana and $20,000 in cash, according to Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird.

Police were in the area of East Highway 904 investigating a tip about a missing person, which led them to the residence of Michael Rose, 50, of Gatliff.

When officers arrived at the home, they witnessed “suspicious activity” between Rose and Johnny Johnson, 57, also of Gatliff. As officers investigated further, they found about five pounds of “processed marijuana" in plain view inside Johnson’s vehicle.

This prompted a search of the entire property, which resulted in seven more pounds of marijuana, various pills believed to be schedule II and III narcotics and $20,000 in cash being found. The Williamsburg Police Department seized two vehicles and one 2010 Polaris Ranger UTV, according to Bird.

“It was certainly something that we hadn’t planned for the day. We were actually in the area following up on a missing person case and just sort of came up on the situation and drove right into it,” Bird said, adding it was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“Or in our case, we were in the right place at the right time,” Bird said.

Rose and Johnson were both charged with trafficking marijuana over five pounds and transported to the Whitley County Detention Center.

The investigation was conducted by Bird and Williamsburg Detective Bobby Freeman. Williamsburg Police Sgt. Mike Taylor, officer Brandon White, K-9 Officer Brandon Prewitt, along with his partner RICO and Kentucky State Trooper Les Moses assisted at the scene.

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