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Drug bust could bring federal charges

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By Jenny Blandford

Numerous complaints about drug activity at a Bardstown residence led to the arrest of Rudolph J. Terlemezian, 24, and the confiscation of marijuana plants, cash and firearms early Friday morning.

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Bardstown Police K-9 officer Jason Ellis, Kentucky State Trooper Jason Woodside and Nelson County Sheriff’s Deputy Ernest Smith conducted a drug investigation at Terlemezian’s residence, 118 Thundersprings Drive, at 2:30 a.m.

“Once (the officers) made contact with the resident, they got a real strong odor that they believed was marijuana,” Bardstown Police Detective Larry Coombs said.  “After a quick interview with him, he made statements to the fact there was marijuana in a freezer.”  

Terlemezian’s statements allowed for the officers to obtain and execute a search warrant, Coombs said.

Coombs, Bardstown Police Detective Sgt. Tom Roby, who also serves on the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force, Bardstown Police Officer Andrew Riley and Nelson County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Voils were called to the scene for assistance.

The officers found more than 150 marijuana plants, valued at about $150,000; 2 pounds of processed marijuana; five firearms, including an AR-15 assault rifle; and about $14,000 in cash.  

Terlemezian was arrested and charged with cultivating marijuana, more than five plants, criminal attempt to cultivate marijuana, trafficking in marijuana, 8 ounces to 5 pounds, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Another male resident, who was not home at the time of the drug bust, will be charged with the same offenses as Terlemezian, Coombs said.

The drug investigation was part of the Street Crimes Unit, which was implemented in January to make a positive difference in the lives of all citizens of the community, primarily through the investigation and prosecution of drug-related crimes.

Coombs said Terlemezian and the male resident would be recommended to a Nelson County grand jury for indictment. Due to the amount of weapons and cash, Coombs said Terlemezian could also face federal charges.