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Multi-Agency Bust Nets Four on Meth, Gun Charges
By Bill Hughes
PADUCAH, KY - Four people have been arrested after a multi-agency investigation into methamphetamine trafficking.

The McCracken Co. Sheriff's Department said detectives seized a large amount of crystal meth, guns and U.S. currency.

The investigation's first arrests came on Thursday, after a search warrant was executed at the home of 33-year-old Michael Ward and 39-year-old Richard Guzman on North Friendship Road. Methamphetamine, digital scales, cash, and a loaded 9mm handgun were seized after the men were taken into custody.

On Friday, McCracken and Marshall County Detectives, along with the Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force pulled over a vehicle driven by 23-year-old Vicente Dominguez of Mayfield, and he was arrested after meth was found in the vehicle. A search warrant was obtained for his home, and several agencies converged on the home. McCracken and Graves County Deputies, the Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force, and Mayfield Police Department found four handguns, more methamphetamine, and over $40,000 cash, which is believed to be the proceeds of drug sales. They also arrested 19-year-old Diana Lopez, who was in the home.

Lopez is in the Graves County Jail, while Ward, Guzman and Dominguez are in the McCracken County Jail.

Lopez is charged with complicity to trafficking methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dominguez is charged with firearm-enhanced trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, and not having a driver's license.

Ward is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of handgun by convicted felon.

Guzman is charged with trafficking methamphetamine.


Published 10:53 AM, Saturday Jan. 12, 2013
Updated 06:18 AM, Tuesday Jan. 15, 2013

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