, Corbin, KY

May 1, 2013

4 arrested in meth conspiracy

Three more suspects still being sought for federal charges

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By Becky Killian/Editor

Four people were arrested in the Corbin area Tuesday on federal charges in a sweep that involved five agencies including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to George Huffman, public information officer for the ATF.

Eric T. McNeil, 27, Michael S. Creech, 29, Amy E. Johnson, 28, and Christopher W. Cassidy, 26, all of Corbin, were arrested and are among nine people named in a federal indictment filed Thursday in London’s U.S. District Court, according to jail and court records.

As of late Tuesday, Huffman said three suspects were still being sought: Katherine L. Crook, Jessica L. Napier, and Stephen J. Barton. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of these three people is asked to call the ATF Hotline at 800-800-3855.

The seven accused along with William C. Rains and Debra M. Cassidy are named in the six-count indictment and each are charged with conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine in Knox, Laurel and Whitley counties between January 2009 and March 2013.

Christopher Cassidy also faces two counts related to the possession of firearms while using meth and while trafficking the drug.

Crook and Napier are each charged with possessing meth with the intent to distribute the drug. Also, Napier is charged with possessing firearms while unlawfully using a drug.

McNeil is charged with possessing meth with the intent to distribute the drug.

The indictment calls for the forfeiture of three guns from Christopher Cassidy and five guns from Napier.

Court documents indicate Rains is to be arraigned Tuesday, May 23, in London’s U.S. District Court. McNeil, Creech, Christopher Cassidy, and Johnson are set to be arraigned today (Wednesday).

The arrests were made by the ATF along with the U.S. Forest Service Two Rivers Drug Task Force with assistance from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the Corbin Police Department and the Kentucky State Police.