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August 20, 2013

11 face charges of engaging in organized crime

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

Eleven people were named on separate indictments in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday with one charge in common — engaging in organized crime involving the illegal sale of narcotics.

Each of the 11 indicted face that charge after allegedly, for the purpose of establishing or maintaining a criminal syndicate or to facilitate any criminal syndicate activities, committed, conspired or attempted to commit or act as an accomplice to sell or transfer narcotic drugs as part of the criminal syndicate.

This crime allegedly occurred between Aug. 10, 2012 and March 20.

An indictment is a formal charge by a grand jury — it is not a conviction or an admission of guilt.

Those indicted and their other charges are as follows (all defendants face the engaging in organized crime charge):

— Ronald Bennett, 58, of Williamsburg, who already had received another separate indictment for alleged drug sales, was handed a five-count indictment in this matter. The first four counts are separate charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. The first count alleges he sold to a confidential informant three Oxycodone for $120 on Feb. 22. The second count alleges he sold to a confidential informant four Oxycodone for $160 on Feb. 22. The third count alleges he sold to a confidential informant four Oxycodone for $60 on March 6. The fourth count alleges he sold to a confidential informant three Oxycodone for $60 on March 7.

— Gary W. Estep, 57, of Rutledge, Tenn., received a three-count indictment in this matter. The first two counts indict him for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance after allegedly selling to a confidential informant five Oxycodone for $100, and another five for $100, both on Oct. 22, 2012.

— Kathy Jo Fuentez, 55, of Powell, Tenn., received a five-count indictment in this case. The first four counts all indict her for separate charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. The first count alleges she sold to a confidential informant three Oxycodone for $120 on Sept. 12, 2012. The second count alleges she sold to a confidential informant five Oxycodone for $200 on Sept. 20, 2012. The third count alleges she sold to a confidential informant five Oxycodone for $200 on Sept. 28, 2012. The fourth count alleges she sold to a confidential informant two Oxycodone for $180 on Sept. 12, 2012.

— Perfecto Fuentez, 56, of Powell, received a four-count indictment in this case. The first count alleges he sold to a confidential informant five Oxycodone for $200 on Oct. 11, 2012. The second count alleges he sold to a confidential informant four Oxycodone for $160 on Oct. 11, 2012. The third count alleges he sold to a confidential informant two Oxycodone for $80 on Oct. 12, 2012.

— Charles L. Herrell, 44, of Corbin, received a three-count indictment in this matter. The first two counts indict him for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. The first count alleges he sold to a confidential informant two Oxycodone for $80 on Nov. 27, 2012. The second count alleges he sold to a confidential informant three Oxycodone for $120 on Nov. 27, 2012.

— Anita Lois McCune, 45, of Corbin, received a five-count indictment in this case. The first three counts indict her for separate charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. The first count alleges she sold to a confidential informant five Oxycodone for $197 on Nov. 2, 2012. The second count alleges she sold to a confidential informant five Oxycodone for $200 on Jan. 29. The third count alleges she sold to a confidential informant two Oxycodone for $80 on Jan. 30. The last count on her indictment charges her with being a second-degree persistent felony offender after her December 2007 conviction of trafficking in a controlled substance in Whitley Circuit Court. She remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center.

— Earl Ray Shackleford, 53, of Williamsburg, was named on a three-count indictment in this matter. The first two counts indict him for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. The first count alleges he sold to a confidential informant three Oxycodone for $120 on Feb. 22. The second count alleges he sold to a confidential informant four Oxycodone for $160 on Feb. 22.

— Beverly Evon Wilson, 28, of Williamsburg, received a two-count indictment in this case. The first count indicts her for trafficking in a simulated controlled substance, first offense, when she allegedly sold to a confidential informant what they believed to be a half-gram of methamphetamine for $50 on Nov. 28, 2012.

— Dewey Dewayne Wilson, Jr., 36, of Williamsburg, was handed a five-count indictment in this case. The first four counts indict him for separate charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. The first count alleges he sold to a confidential informant three Oxycodone for $120 on Aug. 29, 2012. The second count alleges he sold to a confidential informant three Oxycodone for $120 on Aug. 20, 2012. The third  count alleges he sold to a confidential informant four Oxycodone for $160 on Aug. 21, 2012. The fourth count alleges he sold to a confidential informant three Oxycodone for $120 on Aug. 21, 2012.

— Dewey Elmer Wilson, Sr., 59, of Williamsburg, received a four-count indictment in this case. The first three counts indict him for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. The first count alleges he sold to a confidential informant two oxymorphone for $160 on Aug. 10, 2012. The second count alleges he sold to a confidential informant three Oxycodone for $120 on Sept. 25, 2012. The third count alleges he sold to a confidential informant four Oxycodone for $460 on Sept. 28, 2012.

— Travis Lee Wilson, 27, of Williamsburg, was handed a five-count indictment in this case. The first four counts indict him for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. The first count alleges he sold to a confidential informant two Oxycodone for $80 on Oct. 17, 2012. The second count alleges he sold to a confidential informant four Oxycodone for $160 on Oct. 19, 2012. The third count alleges he sold to a confidential informant five Oxycodone for $200 on Oct. 19, 2012. The fourth count alleges he sold to a confidential informant two Oxycodone for $80 on March 20.

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