FLORENCE, Ky -- Four people were arrested Thursday morning in what the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force (NKDSF) is calling one of the largest heroin busts in Kentucky history.
NKDSF director Bill Mark said agents, along with the Florence Police Department and the Elsmere Police Department, carried out a search warrant at a home on Spring Street in Elsmere, Ky., and at a hotel room at the Turfside Motel on Dixie Highway in Florence, Ky. The search revealed about a half-pound of black tar heroin.
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Police arrested two Florence residents, 22-year-old Lauren Summers, 27-year-old Duran Wombles, and 28-year-old Tamara Wombles of Elsmere. Each person faces drug trafficking and engaging in organized crime charges.
Summers, Duran Wombles and Tamara Wombles could each face up to 20 years in prison, Mark said.
The investigation reached authorities of the Lexington Police Department and led them to a home in the 1300 block of Village Drive on a search warrant. Inside an apartment, investigators found about a pound-and-a-half of black tar heroin.
They arrested 27-year-old Jesus Lizarraras-Estuoillo, and charged him with felony drug trafficking. He could face up to 10 years in prison.
Undercover officers bought heroin from Duran Wombles and Summers during the investigation, and discovered that they were getting the heroin from Tamara Wombles. According to Mark, investigators believe the Wombles' supplied several heroin dealers in Northern Kentucky.
Police said Summers was living at the Turfside Motel, and while distributing heroin to area drug dealers, she worked as a waitress. Duran Wombles stayed at the same motel, and was unemployed.
Tamara Wombles is a mother of three children. Her neighbor, Amber McGahee never expected that the mom living next door sold heroin.
"I was like, 'no way,'" McGahee said.