Bowling Green man alleged leader in multi-state drug trafficking ring

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-Indiana authorities say the ringleader of a multi-state methamphetamine and cocaine ring is a resident of a quiet neighborhood in Bowling Green. 

“There were no obvious signs. I never expected anything,” said one witness. 

Disruption filled the neighborhood on Highland Way Wednesday, when 48-year-old John Byers was arrested. 

“I couldn’t believe I slept through a DEA event right next door. It was just we never thought anything like that would ever happen. It doesn’t reflect the neighborhood we grew up in,” said the witness. 

The Bowling Green Police Department assisted the DEA in serving an arrest warrant for Byers. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Indiana says that Byers is the leader of a drug trafficking organization based out of Evansville. The group of 12 people is accused of distributing large quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine in southern Indiana, Kentucky and Texas.

Byers was arrested and taken to the Warren County Regional Jail on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute cocaine. 

“He always waved when he drove by or saw us outside,” said a second witness.

This witness saw the arrest unfold Wednesday morning. She says Byers didn’t raise many eyebrows…except for a few recent purchases. 

“The only thing I noticed was that they had spent an awful lot on landscaping and mulch lately, new car, security cameras all around the house, but people do that,” said the witness. 

To date in this multi-state investigation, authorities have seized approximately 35 pounds of methamphetamine, approximately 45 grams of cocaine and four firearms. 

News 40 will continue to update this story.