Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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April 25, 2014

Alleged drug syndicate suspects arraigned in Monroe Circuit Court

TOMPKINSVILLE — More than three dozen people who were arrested recently in a sweeping bust of a drug syndicate were arraigned Thursday in Monroe Circuit Court.

All entered pleas of not guilty.

Many were arrested March 26, when Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations West wrapped up a three-year investigation into a large-scale methamphetamine operation that reached Allen, Barren, Metcalfe, Monroe, Warren, Cumberland and Powell counties, according to a press release at the time from DESI West.

Nine guns, half a gram of methamphetamine, an anhydrous ammonia tank and a drug ledger were seized.

Each of the following was charged in the first group of arrests with engaging in organized crime-criminal syndicate, a Class B felony that carries a penalty range of 10 to 20 years: Melissa V. Bryant, 35, David Sparks, 45, Chasity Copass Cain, 35, Kenneth Pennington, 50, Jonathan Chad Scott, 39, Chad Emberton, 35, Krystal M. Blair Emberton, 27, Terry Strode, 41, and Jennifer Teeters, 31, all of Tompkinsville; Jimmy Dale Wood, 49, Lesa Booker, 53, Thomas Payne, 51, Cynthia Stebbins, 48, Jason Davis Jones, 43, and Richard C. Wilson, 50, all of Smiths Grove; Craig Scott, 31, Christopher Scott, 32 and Warner Clint Miller, 39, all of Fountain Run; Michael Clayton Lowe, 39, Anthony Vernon, 43, and William Patrick Pullum, age unavailable, all of Glasgow; Steven Dewon Mayhew, 39, and Vandy Jo Moore, age unavailable, both of Bowling Green; Rodney Earl Scott, 41, of Burkesville; Bryan McCue, 45, of Gamaliel; Patrick Wagoner, 43, of Scottsville; Michael Parker, 47, of Park City; and Cardellia R. Murphy, 46, of Clay City.

Detectives from an array of law enforcement agencies – KSP’s Columbia and Bowling Green posts; KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, K-9 and Special Response Team; the South Central Kentucky, Bowling Green-Warren County and Barren-Edmonson-Allen County drug task forces; the Allen and Monroe county sheriff’s departments and the Tompkinsville Police Department – assisted in the initial roundup of 28 suspects, according to the DESI West press release.

Another wave of arrests came over the course of several days: Shane Reeder, 30, Ernest Lee Gray, 47, and Jessica L. Barlow, 25, all of Bowling Green; David Spurlock, 43, and Brandon Gearlds, 30, both of Tompkinsville; and Seth Adam Wood, Harold Keith Hendrick, Nancy Rector, Christina Allen and Jeffrey L. Tracy. The ages and/or cities of residence were not immediately available for some of the suspects.

In addition, at least Pennington, Allen, Miller, Reeder and Jimmy Dale Wood have been charged with being persistent felony offenders.

Judge David L. Williams told each defendant that a plea agreement options are expected to be presented to them on or before their pretrial conferences, most which were set for May 15 or May 16, with a couple in June.

Each defendant’s case is separate from the others. If any of them reject them plea deal offered by Commonwealth’s Attorney Jesse Stockton, a trial date will be set.

At least a dozen of the suspects were assigned an attorney from the Department of Public Advocacy. Bowling Green attorney Ken Garrett is currently representing 10 defendants, while attorneys representing other defendants include Nick Carter, Kin Judd, Kathryn Thomas, Traci Peppers, Temple Dickinson, Johnny Bell, Dixie Satterfield, Ralph Beck and Dennie Hardin. Once the attorneys have reviewed the cases and spoken with their clients, conflicts of interest could be identified that prevent some attorneys from representing multiple defendants, Williams said.

A few suspects remain at large. Five failed to appear in court today, and at least some of those had not yet been served, court officials said.

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