14 Louisville residents indicted for trafficking heroin, cocaine
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After a two-year investigation, a federal grand jury has indicted 14 people on drug trafficking charges.
According to the May 22 indictment that was unsealed in U.S. District Court in the Western District Court of Kentucky on May 30, the suspects are accused of operating a drug trafficking ring. The indictments come after a two-year investigation from April of 2011 through April of 2013.
That's when the suspects are accused of conspiring to possess and distribute large quantities of cocaine and heroin.
One of the defendants, Anthony D. Smith (also known as "Blackjack"), already has a felony conviction in Jefferson County Circuit Court.
Smith, as well as Charles A. Reed and Eric Dryden, were previously charged in U.S. District Court on May 1, 2013 in a criminal felony complaint. According to court documents, the defendants operated their alleged drug trafficking operation from 2415 Ralph Avenue and 10112 McNeely Lake Drive.
On April 30, 2013, Smith is accused of providing law enforcement with 10 kilograms of cocaine in a controlled purchase. After executing a search warrant, investigators found and seized six guns, cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and cash.
Also arrested and facing various charges in the 16-count indictment were:
Monica J. Smith; William R. Smith (also known as "Ray Ray"); Kendrick C. Brown (also known as "Stacks"); Joyce Vickie Smith; Joseph Whitfield; Clark Brown; Kinte Brown; Deon Crumes; Mike Miller; Melvin Young (also known as "Dead"), and Andre L. Oneal.
If convicted of all charges, the suspects could be sentenced from five to 20 years in federal prison for each count.
Louisville Metro Police, the Shively Police Department conducted the investigation with assistance from FBI, ATF, and DEA.
All suspects are in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.
A Grand Jury indictment is an accusation only and all persons are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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