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Guns, pot and 3 Cuban nationals picked up in sting

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Carlos Cardova-Aleman  (Source: LMDC) Carlos Cardova-Aleman (Source: LMDC)
Inido Cepro-Aldona  (Source: LMDC) Inido Cepro-Aldona (Source: LMDC)
Cesar Valdes-Bejerano (Source: LMDC) Cesar Valdes-Bejerano (Source: LMDC)
Police confiscated knives, handguns, marijuana, latex gloves, zip ties to bind victims and a police badge. Police confiscated knives, handguns, marijuana, latex gloves, zip ties to bind victims and a police badge.
The bust went down at Hampton Inn and Suites on Alliant Drive. The bust went down at Hampton Inn and Suites on Alliant Drive.

JEFFERSONTOWN, KY (WAVE) - A Jeffersontown hotel became the scene of a wild drug bust involving three Cuban nationals.

"All of them had criminal backgrounds and criminal histories," said Jeffersontown Police Major Ken Hatmaker.

Police confiscated knives, handguns, marijuana, latex gloves, zip ties to bind victims and a police badge.

It was just another day for the three Cubans from Miami on an extended stay in Louisville.

Investigators said officers in a drug sting Thursday afternoon at the Hampton Inn and Suites on Alliant Drive realized the three men had no intention of making a deal. "There was a plan to rob the buyer or alleged buyer of this marijuana," Hatmaker explained.

The three men are Carlos Cardova-Aleman, Inido Cepro-Aldona -- who police say was pretending to be his cousinYasser Aranda -- and Cesar Baldes-Bejerano.

The men told police they had just enough pot to get the buyer interested. They stuffed bags with clothing pretending they had plenty of pot and they later told police they thought their buyer had about $20,000 in cash for the taking.

If they met resistance, the plan was to pull out the badge and stage an arrest. But real police officers foiled the plan.

Two of the Cuban nationals were immediately taken into custody.  Hatmaker said the third man, who was the driver of the getaway car, did what you might expect. "The third individual sped off in an Infiniti Q 45, and due to the diligence of our K9 officer who was nearby who apprehended that individual without incident."

What may surprise you? "These guys have been here for years and they're organized," Hatmaker said.

Investigators said the three are part of a much bigger organized crime ring, and it doesn't just involve drug trafficking. Investigators said the group is stealing cars, staging accidents, committing fraud and carrying out street robberies of drug dealers -- this group's specialty.

"The public needs to know that these folks are here," Hatmaker said. "Be vigilant about anything you see that might not make sense or looks funny."

Charges against the suspects range from first degree robbery to impersonating a police officer, drug trafficking and trafficking within 1,000 yards of a school.

Police said at least one of the handguns was reported stolen.

No bond has been set for the mean, and they may likely be federally prosecuted.

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