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Nearly a half-ton of pot found at Spencer Co. home, illegal immigrants arrested

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Hector Montes Serrano (Source: Nelson County Jail) Hector Montes Serrano (Source: Nelson County Jail)
Gabael Jiminez Suarez (Source: Nelson County Jail) Gabael Jiminez Suarez (Source: Nelson County Jail)
The more than 900 pounds of marijuana was bailed. The more than 900 pounds of marijuana was bailed.
The marijuana was found inside a home in Taylorsville. The marijuana was found inside a home in Taylorsville.
KSP said it's one of the largest pot busts they've worked in a while. KSP said it's one of the largest pot busts they've worked in a while.

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Two illegal immigrants living near the Nelson County/Spencer County line were arrested Monday night after police discovered nearly a half-ton of marijuana estimated to be worth more than $600,000 inside their rental  home, according to Kentucky State Police.

Hector Montes Serrano, 25, and Gabael Jiminez Suarez, 22, were taken into custody after authorities raided a so-called "stash house" at 687 Hickman Avenue in Cox's Creek around 6 p.m. Monday. Police said Serrano ran, but a tracking dog found him.

Suarez and Serrano are charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm.

Both men were moved from the Nelson County Jail to the Shelby County Detention Center on Tuesday. 

Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown, the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force and Louisville Metro Narcotics participated in the bust.

"We hadn't been aware of it until we heard from Louisville Metro," KSP Trooper Jeffrey Gregory said.

An LMPD spokesman would say only that the tip came out of its own undercover investigation that began about two months ago.

The site in question is farm property off of a rural road, marked with 'No Trespassing' signs. A neighbor, who didn't wish to be identified, told WAVE 3 News that police agencies staked out the property for about two hours before making their move.

"You can move vehicles in and out fairly easily without being noticed," Trooper Gregory said. "We're not sure how long this had been operating."

The marijuana was shrink-wrapped in bales, each weighing more than twenty pounds. "It likely came from Mexico or from South America," Trooper Gregory said.

"We figure it'll make a pretty good dent in trafficking in Jefferson, Spencer and Nelson counties."

Records indicate that the property owner is Foreman Investments LLC, based out of Louisville and Prospect.  Its attorney has not returned phone calls.

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