PADUCAH - Four law enforcement agencies collaborated on Saturday to complete an investigation into the trafficking of cocaine in the Paducah area. The Kentucky State Police, Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force, Marshall County Sheriff's Office, and McCracken County Sheriff's Department were all involved in the nearly two month long investigation.
The investigation revealed that Martin Acosta of Chicago was transporting large amounts of cocaine across at least three different states.
On Saturday Acosta was delivering a quantity of cocaine in Paducah. Detectives from these agencies conducted surveillance on Acosta and a female with him. They observed Acosta begin the drug transaction and took him into custody without incident.
The female in his vehicle, Llasmin Lopez, attempted to flee the area while holding her infant child. She was stopped and arrested by detectives.
Over ten ounces of cocaine was located in the vehicle with Acosta when he was taken into custody.
The investigation showed that both Acosta and Lopez are illegal immigrants from Mexico. Acosta and Lopez were both lodged in the McCracken County Jail. Acosta was lodged under a Federal detainer. Lopez was booked on charges of conspiracy to traffic controlled substance, possession of controlled substance and wanton endangerment.