3 busted with pills, thousands in cash at Mall St. Matthews

Published: Jan. 28, 2015 at 12:02 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 13, 2015 at 11:02 PM EDT
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Amber Beaumont (Source: LMDC)
Amber Beaumont (Source: LMDC)
Gabriel Harris (Source: LMDC)
Gabriel Harris (Source: LMDC)
Kevin Rigby (Source: LMDC)
Kevin Rigby (Source: LMDC)

JEFFERSONTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Two suspected drug mules from Michigan and an Oldham County mortgage broker all busted at a local mall with thousands in cash and illegal prescription pills meant for Kentuckiana streets.

Jeffersontown Police made the arrests at Mall St. Matthews around 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Police said the group was looking for a busy place to make their swap and the mall fit the bill. But what they found instead was undercover detectives.

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Major Ken Hatmaker said the suspects spotted the police just before their arrest, "They were very explicit about it, 'We knew you had us when we tried to leave.'"

Police had them and the drugs. Police confiscated 3,000 pills with a street value between $25,000 and $30,000, plus cell phones and more than $17,000 cash.

"This is the tip of the iceberg," Hatmaker said. "For this, there are 10 others that got by us. This is a business and there's a risk associated with it."

He said Gabriel Harris, 35, and Kevin Rigby Senior, 50, drove the drugs in from Detroit to meet up with Oldham County mortgage broker, Amber Beaumont, 33.

Beaumont, police say, was the street dealer in the Louisville area, fueling the problems our community sees every day.

"There's a story once a week of a murder or folks fleeing the police or burglaries, a pattern of burglaries, break-ins and it all leads back to this kind of central theme," Hatmaker said.

Police promise their investigation is not over and hope to be able to announce more arrests soon.

The money from the bust, once the case goes through court, police hope will be used to buy police equipment like body cams and things they can use to make more busts like this one.

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