$1 million bond set for alleged drug ring leader

Home on Brook Farm Place where the drug bust took place
Home on Brook Farm Place where the drug bust took place
Lt. Rick Pearson
Lt. Rick Pearson

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Jefferson County District Court Judge set a $1-million bond for Reginald Forsythe, the prime suspect in an alleged drug ring with connections to Detroit.

Forsythe, 32, faces a list of drug charges after the Louisville Metro Police Narcotics Unit busted a home located at 4215 Brook Farm Place.  He appeared in court Friday morning.

Prosecutors told the judge Forsythe is a flight risk and has been a fugitive since 2005.  Defense attorneys argued a $1-million bond is an unprecedented amount set against a defendant accused of non-violent offenses.

Forsythe will be in District Court, Room 302 January 30 at 9 a.m.

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Tucked inside a small subdivision in Louisville's southeast side lies what police call a major drug operation.

"Over 5,100 hits of Ecstasy, valued at over $35,000 and over 1,500 Opana pills with a street value of $89,000," said Lt. Rich Pearson of the Louisville Metro Police Narcotics Unit

Narcotics officers also found heroin and Methylone – called Molly on the streets – which officers say is like cocaine. Police say it's the work of a more than three month investigation.

"It's just kind of alarming to actually see it happen. It's like something you would see on TV," said one neighbor.

Despite that, neighbors are actually not surprised by the huge bust that took place Wednesday inside 4215 Brook Farm Place.

"You don't rent a house like this and have a Bentley and a Hummer and a Porsche," another neighbor told WAVE 3 News.

Police say the fancy cars the group would operate out of total a quarter of a million dollars.

Six people were arrested, including the woman who rented the home, 33-year-old Mahogany Calvin. WAVE 3 was there Thursday as the landlord evicted her and crews changed the locks.

"Stupid," a woman shouted. Visibly upset family members tried to clear out what they could.

Police also arrested 32-year-old Reginald Forsythe, and describe him as the head of a major crime group.

"He (Forsythe) masterminded the operation of the drugs being transported from Detroit to Louisville and then he was in charge of the distribution once they reached Louisville," Lt. Pearson said.

Detectives say another distribution point was a room at the InTown Suites off South Hurstbourne Parkway. With all the drugs and the people who were taken off the streets, police say they feel they've taken a major bite out of crime.

"I would say it's a very large dent," said Pearson. "It's not going to completely stop the problem but it's a very large dent."

Also arrested were Joseph Thompson, Darion L. Thodile, and Gavin Antoine. Police say more arrests could be made as they continue their investigation.

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