LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Fifteen suspects were indicted in relation to a major drug trafficking ring in Louisville and New Albany Wednesday, according to a release from the United States Attorney in southern Indiana. 

The indictments were handed down on the heels of a months long wire tap investigation, the release states. 

“Heroin and other narcotics bring guns and significant violence to our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler. “Those individuals who choose to devastate our communities by trafficking narcotics, will feel the full wrath of federal prosecution.”

"The message to the community should be that, no matter what your role is in selling narcotics -- especially heroin, which is just ruining our community -- that you will be indicted," said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Andrew Beckman.

Arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance include:

  • Carlos "Black" Shelton, 36
  • Terry  "Cuz Jinx" Martin, 32
  • Jeffrey Coleman, 33
  • Maycoe "Mike" Ortiz, 38
  • Steven Cockerell, 26
  • Joseph Tucker, 28
  • Terrance Brasher, 35
  • Donnavon "Beau" Harris, 41
  • Ryan Gaw, 29
  • Cassandra Fraley, 26
  • Brandy Gum, 30
  • Andrew Woodrome, IV, 29
  • Tracy Tankersley, 32
  • Satin Goodman, 22
  • Stephanie Cockerell, 26

Ryan Gaw faces additional charges for meth distribution, officials say. 

Between April and December, Shelton and Martin coordinated the operation in Louisville and southern Indiana, taking in "large quantities" of meth from sources in the area, the release says. The U.S. Attorney's Office says the pair delivered the drugs to distributors, receiving a share of the profits after the drugs were sold. Officials say Shelton and Martin also worked with their dealers on avoiding law enforcement. 

Raids conducted last week yielded over a kilogram of heroin, meth, cocaine, marijuana, four bullet-proof vests, 14 guns, over $600,000 in case and three vehicles, according to the release. 

The U.S. Attorney's Office says the defendants face up to life in prison if convicted on all counts. 


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