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Grand jury charges 14 with drug trafficking



The Letcher County Grand Jury has returned 23 indictments naming 14 people on drug-trafficking charges.

Buddy Dean Sexton, 74, 115 Memory Lane, Whitesburg, is charged with first-degree trafficking in cocaine while possessing a firearm, having a controlled substance not in original container while possessing a firearm, second-degree possession of the painkiller hydrocodone while possessing a firearm, and third-degree possession of the anti-anxiety drug Alprazolam while in possession of a firearm.

The charges against Sexton, former president of the Sandlick Volunteer Fire Dept., originate from his arrest at Camp Branch on Nov. 4, 2010 by Letcher County Deputy Sheriff Brian Damron. According to court documents, Damron searched Sexton’s pickup truck after a traffic stop and found approximately three ounces of cocaine, and five hydrocodone and Xanax tablets. Damron also seized $1,840 in cash and a .38 caliber handgun.

When Sexton was arrested, he allegedly was returning to Letcher County from a location in Floyd County that had been under surveillance by officers with the Appalachian High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA) and the Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement Special Investigations Unit (DESI). Authorities said at the time that the minimum value of the cocaine seized from Sexton’s vehicle was $8,400.

In January 2011, a Letcher County grand jury declined to indict Sexton on the drug-trafficking charges and indicated then that the case was being transferred to federal court. The case was later transferred back to Letcher Circuit Court, where the indictments were returned last week after the grand jury heard testimony from Letcher County Deputy Sheriff Marcus K. Terry, who works as a detective with Appalachian HIDTA.

The other drug-related indictments handed up last week to Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright came after the grand jury heard testimony from detectives with the federally-funded counter drug initiative Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education).

Among those charged as a result of recent investigations by Somerset-based UNITE were Fred Howard Johnson, 50, also known as Freddy Johnson, 116 Mosquito Drive, P.O. Box 461, McRoberts. Johnson is named in five separate indictments charging him with first-degree trafficking in oxycodone on Feb. 25, 2011; March 20, 2011; March 23, 2011; July 12, 2011, and July 13, 2011,and with being a persistent felony offender.

Operation UNITE Detective Scott Bailey testified in the cases.

Named in three indictments is Eric Dean Fleming, 30, 213 Chopping Branch, McRoberts. He is charged in one indictment with firstdegree trafficking in oxycodone on May 27, 2011 and being a persistent felony offender. In a second indictment, Fleming is accused of second degree trafficking in hydrocodone on April 20, 2001, and with being a persistent felony offender. A third indictment charges him with second degree trafficking in oxycodone on May 25, 2011 and with being a persistent felony offender.

Operation UNITE Detective Everett Johnson testifi ed in the cases.

Others indicted were:

• Randy Douglas Halcomb — second degree trafficking in a controlled substance and being a persistent felony offender.

Halcomb, 46, 19400 Hwy. 160, Linefork, is charged with second degree traffi cking in buprenorphine, a drug used to treat addiction, on Sept. 24, 2009, and with being a persistent felony offender. In a second indictment, Halcomb is charged with second degree traffi cking in hydrocodone on Oct. 8, 2009, and with being a persistent felony offender.

UNITE’s Johnson testified in the cases against Halcomb.

• Deavin Nichole Bentley — second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and being a persistent felony offender.

Bentley, 34, 2216 Jett Drive, P.O. Box 97, Jackhorn, is charged with second-degree trafficking in buprenorphine on March 20, 2011, and with being a persistent felony offender. In a second indictment, she is charged with second-degree trafficking in buprenorphine on March 23, 2011, and with being a persistent felony offender.

UNITE’s Johnson also testified against Bentley.

• Tony Mullins — second degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Mullins, 37, 11006 Hwy. 805, Jenkins, is charged with second-degree trafficking in the anti-addiction drug Suboxone on Feb. 27, 2011 In a second indictment, he is charged with second-degree trafficking in Suboxone on Dec. 22, 2010. Suboxone contains buprenorphine.

UNITE Detective Bailey testified in the cases against Mullins.

• William Randall Collier — first degree trafficking in a controlled substance and being a persistent felony offender.

Collier, 37, 626 Chopping Branch, P.O. Box 456, McRoberts, is accused of trafficking in oxycodone on March 30, 2011, and with being a persistent felony offender.

UNITE Detective Johnson testified in the case.

• Angela Rena Taylor — second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and being a persistent felony offender.

Taylor, 35, also known as Angelia Holbrook, 330 Seco Drive, Seco, and P.O. Box 214, Millstone, is accused of trafficking in hydrocodone on July 20, 2011, and with being a persistent felony offender.

UNITE’s Bailey testified against Taylor.

• Christopher Mark Howard — first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and being a persistent felony offender.

Howard, 27, 1103 Wintergreen Dr., P.O. Box 406, McRoberts, is accused of trafficking in oxycodone on Dec. 22, 2011, and with being a persistent felony offender.

Detective Bailey testified in the case.

• Jody Ray Rose — second degree trafficking in a controlled substance and being a persistent felony offender.

Rose, 30, P.O. Box 492, 56 Steel Home Drive, Neon, is accused of trafficking in hydrocodone on Jan. 19, 2011, and with being a persistent felony offender.

Bailey testified in that case as well.

• Robert Preston Quillen — second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

The grand jury says Quillen, 47, 850 Mountain Breeze Road, Apt. 331, Jenkins, trafficked in hydrocodone on Jan. 19, 2011.

Detective Johnson testifi ed in the case.

• Robert G. Taylor — second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

The grand jury says Taylor, 70, 2106 Millstone Road, P.O. Box 2262, Millstone, trafficked in hydrocodone on July 13, 2011.

Operation UNITE’s Bailey testified in the case.

• Jennifer Gail Fleming — second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

The grand jury says Fleming, 36, 648 Yonts Fork, Jackhorn, trafficked in Buprenorphine on March 20, 2011.

UNITE Detective Johnson testified in the case.

• Denzil Bentley Jr. — second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Bentley, 42, also known as “Porky,” of 984 Yonts Fork, Jackhorn, is charged with trafficking in hydrocodone on June 2, 2011.

Detective Bailey testified in the case against Bentley.



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