Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

August 27, 2013

Bust nets heroin, cocaine

Detroit man caught smuggling drugs in candle at bus station

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

ASHLAND — Boyd County sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday arrested a Detroit man whom they say was attempting to smuggle heroin and cocaine into Ashland in a scented jar candle.

Julius V. Ready, 18, was lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center, charged with two counts of first-degree drug trafficking.

According to a news release, the sheriff’s department’s Drug Task Force received information from a Detroit-based informant regarding drugs being brought into Ashland via Greyhound bus. The informant also gave deputies Ready’s name and told them he would have the drugs concealed inside a candle, the sheriff’s department said.

Based on that information, deputies waited Tuesday morning at the Ashland Greyhound station for the arrival of Ready’s bus. After it pulled into the station, deputies made contact with Ready and told him about the information they’d received.

Ready gave the officers verbal and written consent to search his duffle bag, the sheriff’s department said. A scented candle was found in the bag, and deputies observed a crack in the wax and also noticed it was missing its wick.

When questioned about the Candle, Ready said he was taking it to Virginia as a housewarming gift.

Deputies broke the glass container to remove the wax. The wax was pulled apart and inside was a sock containing plastic bags of heroin and cocaine, the sheriff’s department said.

The candle contained approximately 13 grams of heroin and three grams of cocaine, according to the sheriff’s department.