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An employee of a home meat delivery business has apparently been offering his customers more than juicy steaks.
A driver for Frankfort-based Holy Cow Steak Company pleaded not guilty last Thursday in Anderson District Court after being busted in a heroin sting conducted earlier this month by the Lawrenceburg Police Department.
Kerry D. Thompson, 34, of 7528 Garrison Road, Louisville, was charged March 5 with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (heroin) after allegedly selling the drug to an informant outside of a business on US 127 South.
Thompson’s arrest mortified the owner of the business, who said she is distraught that someone working for her would be involved in that kind of activity.
“We were completely unaware of the illegal activities,” said owner Tammy Purvis, who described herself as a single mom who started the business several years ago in an effort to make eating steak more affordable for families.
“We are a legitimate company, and we do our best to hire good people we can trust,” she said, adding that Thompson no longer works for her.
“We will be implementing a stricter hiring policy, including background and drug screening, before hiring employees, and at random, if necessary.
“Please accept our apology, and we look forward to doing business with you.”
Police said they had been watching Thompson for the past few months after receiving several complaints, according to a news release.
Police used confidential information and marked bills to purchase heroin from Thompson in a parking lot on US 127, according to a report filed by officer Jeremy Cornish.
Officers watched while Thompson allegedly sold heroin to the informant, then pulled Thompson over when he left the parking lot.
Thompson sold the informant 3 grams of heroin, according to the report.
Following his arrest, Thompson was transported to the Shelby County Detention Center and remains jailed on a $10,000 cash bond, according to court records.