More than 20 people have been indicted in connection with an apparent organized drug ring.
Investigators with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and Commonwealth’s Attorney Eddy F. Montgomery’s office presented evidence concerning a “major drug trafficking organization” in Pulaski County to a Pulaski County grand jury last week.
“Investigators determined between March 2012 and July 2012 numerous individuals from Pulaski County traveled outside of Pulaski County in an attempt to purchase large quantities of pseudoephedrine for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine,” stated a press release from the sheriff’s department.
Those people allegedly purchased large amounts of pseudoephedrine in Pulaski, Anderson, Boyle, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, and Lincoln counties, according to the press release. They then returned back into the county and sold the drug to methamphetamine manufacturers, according to the sheriff’s department.
The grand jury returned indictments on a total of 23 people — with 21 of those people being indicted for engaging in organized criminal activities.
Walter Davidson, 38, of Rhonder Drive, Science Hill, Cody Whisenant, 22, of Rhonder Drive, Science Hill, and James Carrender, 23, of Jewell Street Somerset, have been arrested in connection with the syndicate and lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center. All three were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, and engaging in organized crime.
Under Kentucky law, a charge of engaging in organized crime can be handed down if five or more people are found to be working together to promote, aid or commit a crime. Those alleged criminal activities must be ongoing.
Conspiracy and engaging in organized crime charges are Class B felonies and can bring 10-20 years in prison.
“When you engage in this type of behavior, it can result in catastrophic criminal consequences,” said Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney David L. Dalton.
Others indicted in connection with the syndicate, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, include the following: