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Pot bust suspect remains in jail

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By The Staff

Randy Kendall, who was charged March 4 with trafficking over 1,200 pounds of marijuana, currently faces charges in Franklin County District Court, but that could change, said Franklin County Commonwealth Attorney Larry Cleveland.

"The U.S. attorney might want to work it as a federal case," Cleveland said. "But right now, we've still got it."

As the case currently stands, the prosecution will not present its case against Kendall for at least another week, Cleveland said.

A preliminary hearing for Kendall was scheduled for Tuesday, but Monday afternoon, Cleveland said the prosecution would not present its case to the grand jury until the state police had finished its investigation.

Kendall was still in custody at the Franklin County Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond, according to jail officials Monday evening.

Kendall, of 6505 Flat Creek Road, is the owner of Kendall Quick Lube located near the intersection of Highway 151 and U.S. 127 Bypass.

The shipment of marijuana, which Kendall is charged with trafficking, originated in Mexico and arrived via ship at Port of Charleston, S.C., said Trooper Ron Turley, information officer for Kentucky State Police Post 12 in Frankfort.

Once in port, undercover officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement took control of the shipment and drove it via truck to Lawrenceburg, Turley said March 4.

Kendall and an unidentified suspect accepted delivery of the shipment Friday at Kendall's business, where it stayed until the two moved it to a barn, where police made the bust.