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Man selling fake drug is among 13 indicted



Thirteen people are named in 16 indictments returned by the Letcher County Grand Jury, including a Burdine man charged with selling fake cocaine during a Kentucky State Police sting operation nine months ago.

The grand jury says John W. Greer, 48, 197 Store Hill Rd. Burdine, committed the felony of trafficking in a simulated controlled substance when he sold a fake drug he represented as cocaine for $1,400 to a cooperating witness of the Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement Special Investigations-East (DESI) on March 28.

A separate indictment charges Greer with selling the same simulated substance as cocaine, also for $1,400, to a cooperating witness with DESI-East on April 4.

Kentucky State Police DESI-East Detective Crandall Hurt testified in the cases.

The grand jury also returned indictments against a woman and two men accused of taking a riding mower from a barn in the community of Deane.

Dusty Allen Shell, 22, 759 Buckwheat Rd., Whitesburg; Edward Webb, 32, 491 Apple Tree Branch, P. O. Box 77, Deane; and Jennifer N. Cantrell, 27, 759 Buckwheat Rd. and 291 Buckwheat Rd., Whitesburg, are accused in separate indictments of complicity to third degree burglary, complicity to theft (over $500), and complicity to second degree criminal mischief. Shell and Cantrell are also charged with being persistent felony offenders.

The grand jury says the three took a riding mower owned by Emogene Bentley by ripping off the doors to Bentley’s barn at Deane on August 22.

Letcher County Deputy Matt Gayheart testified in the cases.

Other indicted are:

• Davey Ray Woods Jr. — possession of a controlled substance second degree (second offense), possession of a controlled substance third degree, controlled substance not in original container, and wanton endangerment.

Woods, 26, also known as Davy Ray Woods Jr., P.O. Box 1092, Jenkins, and P.O. Box 426, No. 1 Hill, Jenkins, is charged with possessing hydrocodone and Alprazolam on Nov. 3. He is also accused of endangering the infant child of Christina Gilliam by being intoxicated to the degree that he was not able to provide supervision to the infant, who was allowed to wander unattended while Woods had a substantial amount of the controlled substance on dishes within easy access of the child.

Jenkins Police Chief Adam Swindall testified in the case.

• Christina Anne Gilliam — possession of a controlled substance second degree (first offense), possession of a controlled substance third degree, controlled substance not in original container, wanton endangerment, and tampering with evidence.

Gilliam, 28, 79 Brick St., Jenkins, is charged with possessing hydrocodone and Alprazolam on Nov. 3. She is accused of endangering her infant child by being intoxicated to the degree that she was not able to provide supervision to the infant, who was allowed to wander unattended while Gilliam had a substantial amount of the controlled substance on dishes within easy access of the child. She is also charged with attempting to throw away pills during a search of the residence.

Jenkins Police Chief Adam Swindall testified in the case.

• Lavon Tackett — assault and criminal mischief.

Tackett, 62, 2569 Beefhide Creek, Jenkins, is charged with injuring Vonda Fields by pushing her through a glass door on Nov. 3. He is also accused of destroying her glass patio door valued at more than $500.

Letcher County Deputy Crystal Davis testified in the case.

• David Collins — five counts of wanton endangerment, criminal mischief, and being a persistent felony offender.

Collins, 28, also known as Bradley David Collins, 1649 Smoot Creek Rd., Whitesburg, is accused of pointing and firing a pistol at Mary Elizabeth Coomer, Johnny Coomer, Jonathan McClain, and minors Jonathan Eugene McClain and Ashley McClain on Nov. 5. He is also charged with firing several shots from the pistol which struck a parked vehicle belonging to Mary Elizabeth Coomer.

Mary Elizabeth Coomer testified in the case.

In a separate indictment, the grand jury says Collins operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants on Nov. 5. He is also charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

Letcher County Lt. Brian Damron testified in the case.

• Chad J. Bentley — operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/ drugs, suspended/revoked operator’s license, two counts of wanton endangerment, two counts of assault, criminal mischief, open alcohol beverage container in a motor vehicle, and being a persistent felony offender.

The grand jury charges Bentley, 31, an inmate at North Point Training Center, Box 479, Burgin, with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants on Oct. 28. He is accused of running his car, which was traveling north on KY 2545, off the roadway into a ditch on the right side of the road, hitting a tree then coming back on the roadway and running into the ditch before sliding into the southbound lane of oncoming traffic and striking a vehicle occupied by Jason Brock and Amanda Duty. The grand jury says Brock’s vehicle then slid toward the river before hitting a tree, injuring Brock and Duty. Bentley is also accused of damaging the 1997 Ford Contour belonging to Brock and having a pack of Busch beer in his car, of which 15 empty cans were found in his car and around the crash site.

Letcher County Deputy Crystal Davis testified in the case.

• David Michael Barker — two counts of wanton endangerment, assault, and two counts of criminal mischief.

Barker, 62, 134 Bedrock Dr., McRoberts, is accused of consuming Oxycontin and Xanax on July 27, controlled substances for which he told Fleming-Neon Police Chief Mark Dingus he does not have prescriptions, and driving his car which crossed the center line into the opposing lane of traffic and struck a vehicle occupied by Kyle E. Bartley and Rosemary Bartley, injuring Rosemary Bartley. He is also charged with damaging the car owned by Mr. and Mrs. Kyle E. Bartley and a heat pump owned by James Fleming, which was destroyed during rescue operations.

• Amanda Johnson Mullins — operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, wanton endangerment, criminal mischief, assault, no insurance, failure to produce insurance card, and failure to notify Department of Transportation of address change.

The grand jury says Mullins, 35, of 58 Hatfield Dr., Whitesburg, operated a motor vehicle on Oct. 10 while under the influence of intoxicants, crossed the center line and collided with a car driven by Deborah Marks, injuring Marks and damaging a 2008 Dodge Avenger owned by Marks.

Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields testified in the case.

• Gregory Lee Sexton — possession of a controlled substance first degree (second offense), possession of a controlled substance third degree (second offense), controlled substance not in original container, and tampering with evidence.

Sexton, 49, P.O. Box 264 (Wheaton Hollow), Jenkins, is charged with possessing oxycodone and Alprazolam on Oct. 29. He is also accused of tampering with evidence he believed would be used against him.

Jenkins Patrolman James Stephens testified in the case

• Maleena Anne Cates — possession of forged prescription, complicity to attempt to obtain controlled substance with a forged prescription, and complicity to theft of prescription blank.

The grand jury says Cates, 33, 3353 Craft’s Colly Rd., Ermine, acted alone or in complicity with Floyd Junior Sexton in presenting a stolen prescription blank for a controlled substance on Nov. 9.

Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields testified in the case.

• Floyd Junior Sexton — controlled substance not in original container, possession of forged prescription, complicity to attempt to obtain controlled substance with a forged prescription, and complicity to theft of prescription blank.

The grand jury says Sexton, 182 Allen Branch, Ermine, acted alone or in complicity with Maleena Anne Cates in presenting a stolen prescription blank for a controlled substance on Nov. 9.

Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields testified in the case.

• Allen Carl Mullins — tampering with evidence, possession of a controlled substance, and being a persistent felony offender.

Mullins, 34, 778 Hwy. 3400, Jenkins, is charged with tampering with evidence by swallowing a Suboxone strip and throwing away the wrapper in an effort to conceal it from a search by Jenkins Police Chief Adam Swindall on Sept. 21.

Jenkins Police Chief Adam Swindall testified in the case.



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