Diego Balderas

Diego Balderas

GREENUP – The Greenup County Sheriff's Office arrested two individuals early Monday morning on trafficking and identity theft of another charges following a vehicle stop on US 23 northbound.

Authorities said a deputy approached a motor vehicle on the highway and noticed the strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Ibarra Mesina

Ibarra Mesina


Cash seized in Greenup County arrest.

Victor Ibarra Mesina, 21, and Diego Balderas, 20 both of Georgia, were arrested by the GCSO Deputy Brett Ritchie at approximately 6 a.m. The deputy encountered a vehicle in distress on US 23 northbound, said authorities.

Ritchie then called for the Raceland Police Department K-9 Unit that positively alerted to the presence of the drug, said authorities.

Inside the vehicle was a bag containing marijuana, a large sum of cash, and two fake identification cards, said police.

Ibarra Mesina was charged with trafficking in marijuana and obscuring the identity of a machine $10,000 or more. =Balderas was charged with trafficking in marijuana, theft of identity of another, and criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Both men were lodged at the Greenup County Detention Center without incident.

Both men were arraigned in Greenup County District Court Monday morning.