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Eight indicted by grand jury



The Letcher County Grand Jury has named eight people in felony indictments.

They are:

• Russell Peaks — first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, trafficking in synthetic drugs and first-degree wanton endangerment.

Peaks, 38, of 10229 Cumbow Road, Pound, Va., is accused of traffi cking OxyContin, Hydrocodone, Xanax and synthetic marijuana on June 29.

The grand jury says Peaks “wantonly engaged in conduct which created a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury” when he possessed more than 600 individual packets of synthetic marijuana labeled “not for human consumption” which he intended to distribute.

Lt. Brian Damron of the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department testifi ed before the grand jury.

• Jimmy Darrell Sandlin — three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, firstdegree fleeing or evading police, second-degree fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, thirddegree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, tampering with physical evidence, prescription drug not in proper container, no/expired Kentucky registration receipt, no/expired registration plate, failure of non owner operator to maintain required insurance, failure to produce insurance card, operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license and first-degree persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Sandlin, 37, of 6116 Walker Street, Hazard, led police on a high speed chase June 12, while Veronica Mullins was a passenger in Sandlin’s vehicle. Sandlin is accused of crossing the centerline onto a lane of incoming traffic. He is charged with striking two vehicles, one belonging to John W. Adams and the other being Damron’s cruiser.

Sandlin is accused of being in possession of marijuana and Neurontin.

Damron presented information regarding this case to the grand jury.

• Brett Allen Wright — criminal complicity theft by unlawful taking, second-degree criminal trespassing, criminal complicity to tampering with physical evidence.

While acting alone or in complicity with Jamie L. Seals, Wright, 29, of 114 Highway 1410, Whitesburg, is accused of stealing metal from United Coal Company in Whitesburg on May 27.

Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Travis Cantrell testified before the grand jury.

• Jamie Lee Seals — driving on DUI suspended license, criminal complicity theft by unlawful taking, second-degree criminal trespassing, and criminal complicity to tampering with physical evidence.

Seals, 28, of 3190 Highway 3406, is charged in complicity with Jamie Lee Seals with stealing metal on May 27 from United Coal Company in Whitesburg.

The grand jury heard testimony from Deputy Cantrell.

• Jonathan C. Bentley — complicity first-degree burglary, complicity theft unlawful taking, and complicity first-degree criminal mischief.

The grand jury says Bentley, 28, of 3190 Highway 3406, Jenkins, acted alone or in complicity with Virginia Ann Brock when he broke into Travis and Hillary Meade’s Whitesburg home on Nov. 5, 2012 and stole silver and gold coins, jewelry and firearms valued at $10,000. Bentley allegedly damaged a safe, the rear entrance door and several items belonging to the Meades.

Lester Polly and Hillary Meade testified before the grand jury on July 31.

• Brita Noell Johnson — firstdegree promoting contraband and second-degree persistent felony offender.

Johnson, 28, of 714 Seco Road, Seco, is accused of bringing drug paraphernalia and controlled substances into the Letcher County Jail on June 12.

Letcher County Deputy Jailer Donna Slone provided information about this case to the grand jury.

• Lenville Shane Hall — complicity to unlawful possession of meth precursor and seconddegree persistent felony offender.

The grand jury says Hall, 33, of 411 Broadway, Salyersville, while alone or with Angela Rowe, unlawfully possessed a drug product or a combination of drug products containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine with the intent for the product to be used as a precursor to manufacture methamphetamine or other controlled substances on June 6.

Jenkins Assistant Police Chief Crystal Davis presented information about the case to the grand jury.

• Angela Rowe — complicity to unlawful possession of meth precursor, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, controlled substance prescription not in original container, use/possession of drug paraphernalia and no/expired registration plates.

The grand jury says while acting alone or in complicity with Lenville Shane Hall, Rowe, 37, of 411 Broadway, Salyersville, had in her possession drug products used to make methamphetamine.

Rowe is also accused of unlawfully possessing Xanax, a Schedule IV controlled substance, and drug paraphernalia on June 6.

Davis testified before the grand jury.



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