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Kentucky State Police Trooper Recognized By DEA

Date of Release: 09/27/05

(FRANKFORT, KY) - A Kentucky state trooper has been recognized by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration for a traffic stop that led to the seizure of a large quantity of cocaine.

Trooper Timothy A. Vinal, of KSP Post 5 in Campbellsburg, received the award from the DEA's El Paso Intelligence Center in recognition of a traffic stop he made in May of 2004 on northbound Interstate 71 in Henry County. The action led to the discovery of 739 lbs. (335.5 kilograms) of cocaine hidden in a motor home. According to the DEA, this was the largest individual highway interdiction of cocaine seized during 2004.

"Trooper Vinal's outstanding vigilance in this matter helped to take a significant amount of cocaine off the street," said KSP Commissioner Mark Miller. "His determination, commitment and professionalism exemplifies those standards held in highest regard by the Kentucky State Police and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. On behalf of Gov. Fletcher, Lt. Gov. Pence and the entire law enforcement community in Kentucky, I congratulate him on a job well done."

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