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Kentucky State Police Investigate Organized Crime Ring in Lexington Area

Date of News Release: 10/16/2015

(Frankfort, Ky.) - Kentucky State Police Post 12 Frankfort, in conjunction with the Kroger loss prevention Organized Crime Division, ABC, and Lexington Metro Police have been conducting undercover transactions in the Lexington Metro area over the past month.

The investigations continued today as multiple agencies served two search warrants at local Lexington businesses. At Florence Food Mart at 760 Florence Road KSP, along with agents from the ABC, Kroger loss prevention, Lexington Metro Police executed a search warrant as the result of stolen items from Kroger's being bought for pennies on the dollar. Arrested and charged with Engaging in Organized Crime and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon was Mufeed Ayyad, age 48, of Lexington, KY.. Located inside the Florence Food Mart was a semi-automatic handgun near the register.

KSP and additional agencies converged on the Nikel's Food Market located at 2353 Paris Pike in Lexington. Similar transactions had occurred in the past weeks utilizing stolen merchandise from Kroger's. Arrested and charged with Engaging in Organized Crime was Nikel Ildemar, age 43, of Lexington, Ky. Also arrested was Joao Batista Da Silva, age 52, of Lexington, KY.

Kentucky State Police was assisted in the investigation by Kentucky State Police Canine, Alcohol Beverage Control, Kroger Loss Prevention, and Lexington Metro Police Department.

KSP will continue these investigations and more charges are expected.