March 19, 2007
Authorities say drugs are a big problem in Nelson County and that now they are cracking down.
Acting on a tip investigators searched Alan Thompson and Nissa Teague's home in Nelson. And buried in the back yard under leaves, in flower pots and in gutters peeped up over the gutter there it was, a huge brick of cocaine
They found at least a kilo of cocaine and that's not the only thing they found.
"$13,000 in cash, $10,000 was buried in the yard in the back of the house" said Max Bridgewater, investigator.
They also seized three cars, two pick up trucks, an SUV, a motorcycle and a trailer from the home.
"We believe that it is proceeds from the sale of illegal narcotics" said Bridgewater.
Thompson and Teague were charged with selling cocaine and marijuana. They are being held without bond.
"Drugs in general are responsible I'd say for about 80 percent of the total crimes that we have. Methamphetamine is bad, cocaine is bad and marijuana of course" said Bridgewater.
Investigators are now cracking down on the sale of drugs. They arrested ten people in a big bust in February. Another search in January found marijuana, $103,000 in cash and landed two more suspected drug dealers behind bars.
"This is the kind of thing we want to do and we are getting a lot more support from the public because they see us doing something now" said Bridgewater.
Nelson County authorities say they couldn't have made these arrests without the help of the public, JADE, and state police.