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A 27-year-old Oldham County man led Lawrenceburg city police officers on a high-speed chase across three counties Tuesday afternoon after the man was allegedly found to be trafficking heroin in Anderson County.
According to Det. Jeremy Cornish and Det. Mike Schell of the Lawrenceburg police department, city police were conducting a drug sting involving suspect Ahmad M. Ghazawi, 3500 West Highway 22, Crestwood, a little after 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
When city police in marked patrol cars attempted to conduct a traffic stop on North Main Street near the Anderson Public Library, Cornish and Schell said, officers witnessed Ghazawi dumping two baggies of heroin before fleeing in a vehicle.
Police have recovered about 14 grams of heroin valued at roughly $5,600, according to Cornish.
The investigation into Ghazawi's alleged trafficking activities had been ongoing, Cornish said. According to Cornish, Ghazawi is allegedly one of the major suppliers of heroin in Anderson.
"This guy has been a major problem in Lawrenceburg with heroin," Cornish said.
Lawrenceburg officers pursued Ghazawi over about 33 miles from Anderson into Franklin and Shelby Counties before Ghazwi stopped his vehicle at about mile marker 24 in Shelby County.
No one was injured in the pursuit, police said, and no property was damaged.
Although police received reports that Ghazawi was armed, no weapon was found in the vehicle Ghazawi was driving, Schell said.
Schell added that the city police's investigation into the incident is still active.
Ghazawi was arrested and taken to Shelby County Detention Center. He was charged with first-degree trafficking in heroin, first-degree fleeing or evading police, tampering with physical evidence, first-degree wanton endangerment, reckless driving, speeding, and driving too fast for traffic conditions, according to the Shelby County Detention Center.
If Ghazawi does not post bond, according to a Anderson District Court employee, he will most likely be arraigned Thursday, Feb. 27 at 8:30 a.m. in Anderson District Court.
Sgt. Chris Beach, Officer Sean Wells and Officer Nathan Doty responded to the incident, along with assistance from the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky state police and Shelby County Sheriff's Office.