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June 29, 2010

Laurel grand jury indicts more than 25 on drug charges

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — More than 25 people were indicted by a Laurel County Grand Jury last week on drug-related charges.

An indictment is a formal charge and does not imply guilt.

• John Sizemore, 38, and Julie Smith, 38, also known as Julia Smith, both of 223 Sowder Lane, London, were charged with first-degree trafficking controlled substance for possessing for the purpose of sale, Oxycodone and Alprazolam on May 7. Owen Johnson, 69, of 909 Bullock Drive in London, is also named in the indictment for a second offense of trafficking in Oxycodone and Alprazolam.

• Heidi Iles, 26, North Hill Street, London, and Brittany Blackwell, 22, 17 Ravenwood Circle, London, were indicted for selling Oxycodone on April 27. Iles is also charged with selling Oxycodone on April 5 and April 27 and second-degree persistent felony offender.

• Layton McQueen, 27, of 260 Bennett Lane, Apt. 1, London, is charged with selling Oxycodone to a police informant on April 19.

• Nicholas B. Coffey, 29, 1999 Riverbend Road, London, is charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance, second or subsequent offense,  possession of drug paraphernalia and cultivating marijuana on July 2. Coffey possessed methamphetamine, marijuana plants and Tramadol. He is also charged with first-degree persistent felony offender.

• Kenny Smith, 27, 2752 Otter Creek Road, Manchester, is charged with possessing methamphetamine, Oxycodone and second offense driving under the influence of alcohol/intoxicants on March 18.

• Melissa Burton, 29, and Calvin Allen, 48, both of 189 Valley Lane, Apt. 1, are charged with selling methamphetamine to a police informant on four different dates in May. They are also charged with manufacturing methamphetamine on May 27.

• Ernest Lane, 68, 123 Herrington Heights, Lancaster, is charged with second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance for selling hydrocodone to a police informant on May 22.

• Patrick Chandler, 53, 1971 Willie Green Road, London, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine for possessing chemicals and/or equipment used in the process of making meth on May 17.

• Christopher Southard, 22, 215 River Hill Road, London, and James Arthur, 42, 825 Gail Ave., London, face multiple drug charges stemming from Arthur’s failure to stop at a stop sign and police then finding drugs in the vehicle. Arthur is charged with persistent felony offender as well. Both Arthur and Southard are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of anhydrous ammonia, possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia on Jan. 5. They both face first-degree wanton endangerment charges for the passenger in the vehicle.  

• Jeffrey Baxter, 34, and James Miller, both of 707 E. Fourth Street, London, and Losie Smith, 33, also known as Losa Smith, of Tyner, are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine on May 21. Baxter is charged with first-degree trafficking a controlled substance for selling methamphetamine and for cultivating marijuana.

• Clayton Hall, 49, 42 Vanover Road, London, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine on June 8 and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Matthew Jackson, 23, 838 Oneal Road, London, and Andy Radford, 35, 75 Chapel Road, East Bernstadt, were indicted for manufacturing methamphetamine on April 9. They are also charged with tampering with physical evidence for trying to hide the illegal substance. Jackson is additionally charged with third offense driving under the influence, third offense of driving on revoked or suspended license, disregarding a stop sign and first-degree fleeing and evading police for failure to stop when signaled by Laurel sheriff’s officials to do so. Radford is charged with second-degree fleeing and evading police when he tried to outrun the officers.

• Larry Baker, 32, and Elmer Anderson, 22, both of 408 Taylor Road, London, are charged with first-offense manufacturing methamphetamine. Anderson is also charged with second-offense possession of drug paraphernalia. Baker is charged with first-offense possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree persistent felony offender. The offenses occurred on Dec. 12.

• Claude Powell Jr., 44, 703 Douglas Boulevard, Corbin, and Brittany Yaden, 21, 518 Norwood Drive, East Bernstadt, were indicted for first offense manufacturing methamphetamine on Dec. 20. Powell is also charged with second-degree persistent felony offender.

• Mark Elkins, 41, Michelle Cromer, 39, and Shannon Proffitt, 20, all of 1974 Lily Road, London, and Joseph Gibson, 29, 4346 Barbourville Road, London, are charged in a plan to produce methamphetamine in January. Gibson and Proffitt are charged with distributing a meth precursor on Jan. 5 and Jan. 21. Elkins and Cromer are charged with possessing chemicals and/or equipment to produce meth, possessing anhydrous ammonia to produce meth and first offense possession of drug paraphernalia on Jan. 21.

• Mason Allen, 41, and Bonnie Lockaby, 30, both of 3598 S. Laurel Road, London, face charges of criminal conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a meth precursor on Jan. 11. Allen is also charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and cultivating less than five marijuana plants, all on April 19. Allen is also charged with excessive window tinting.

• Eight people were indicted for manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing materials used in the process of producing meth in April. Brandon Smith, 28, 385 Power Plant Road, London; Sammy Bowling, 24, 259 Joe Morgan Road, London; Kenneth Dewey Lewis Jr., 41, Ky. 1228, Box 293, East Bernstadt; Terri Schiller, 48, and Dale Richard Moore, 48, of 2975 London Dock Road, London are charged with manufacturing meth and unlawful possession of meth precursors on April 4. Smith, Bowling and Kenneth Lewis Jr. are also charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance and first-degree wanton endangerment. Smith and Bowling are also charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police for attempting to run from a police officer on April 5. Smith is additionally charged with resisting arrest and persistent felony offender. Brandon Kyle Dixon, 31, 1601 Clark’s Bottom Road, London; Brandon Gaberiel Hyden, 34, 1360 London Dock Road, London; and Amber Schiller, 23, 2975 London Dock Road, London were all indicted for unlawful distribution of meth precursors on April 5.

• Irvine Johnson, 28, also known as Irvin Johnson; Jesse Smallwood, 21, and Blackie Johnson, 25, all of 6371 Johnson Road, London, were indicted on charges of criminal conspiracy to  manufacture methamphetamine from Jan. 28 through March 31, unlawful possession of meth precursors on Jan. 28, and trafficking meth on March 31. All three also are charged with fourth-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a police radio. Smallwood and Johnson are  charged with possession of meth precursors. Irvine Johnson, who has prior felony offenses in Whitley County, is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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