Comments Off on Three pounds of crystal Methamphetamine seized in Rowan County; Jose Guzman, 41, of Grayson, as well as two confirmed illegal immigrants, Carlos Garza, 39, and Ariel Ceballos, 28, arrested

Three men were arrested for transporting three pounds of crystal methamphetamine or “ICE” from Carter County through Rowan County.

Jose Guzman, 41, of Grayson, as well as two confirmed illegal immigrants with Grayson ties, Carlos Garza, 39, and Ariel Ceballos, 28, were charged with conspiracy of trafficking a controlled substance.545cd90605063_image

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Department made the arrests after initial investigations by the FIVCO Area Drug Enforcement Task Force (FADE).

The investigation took FADE out of their jurisdiction and contact was made with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department to assist in the seizure and arrests.

The men were traveling westbound toward Lexington in two separate vehicles when they were stopped. The Rowan County Sheriff’s Department utilized its K-9 unit to confirm that drugs were present before making the arrests.

The type of methamphetamine found is thought to be produced in Mexican super labs, according to investigators.

The crystals are typically ground up and mixed with other chemical powders before being sold. After being cut, the three pounds of pure crystal methamphetamine would be turned into about nine pounds to be sold on the streets.

Street value of the drugs have been estimated between $400,000 and $1,000,000, according to law enforcement agents.

“This was a large seizure and it is not what we typically see in meth lab busts because it is the purest form of the drug,” said Rowan Chief Deputy Joe Cline. “Many times someone locally producing meth generates a few grams but this is a large concentration seizure and being transported up and down our highways and across our borders.”


FADE coordinated with U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to make the arrests. A translator from the Kentucky State Police assisted and the U. S. Forest Service law enforcement was on the scene.

Guzman, Ceballos and Garza are being held in the Rowan County Detention Center. No bond or arraignment date has been set for any of them.

Federal charges also are being pursued. The DEA is expected to eventually take over the investigation.





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