News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2008

Last Member Charged In Owensboro
Crack Cocaine Conspiracy Pleads Guilty

- 14 indicted defendants have plead guilty and are awaiting sentencing

MAR 7 -- Owensboro, KY - Troy Anderson, age 44, of 2624 West 8th Street, Owensboro, Kentucky, in Daviess County, entered a plea of guilty to charges stemming from an August 23, 2007, indictment involving 14 defendants, U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today. The guilty plea was taken in Owensboro, Kentucky before United States District Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr.

Anderson pled guilty to the overarching conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five grams of crack cocaine. Additionally, Anderson pled guilty to five separate counts of possessing with intent to distribute crack cocaine, which occurred during the time frame charged in the conspiracy.

The facts elicited during the plea hearing that relate to Anderson revealed that between September 2006 and August 21, 2007, DEA agents and the Owensboro Police Department were investigating the activities of a group of drug traffickers, known as D-Block, located in Owensboro, Kentucky. D-Block, which stands for “Drug Block,” refers to a geographic area controlled by a loose-knit street gang located in Owensboro between West 8th and 9th Streets and in the vicinity of Pennbrooke Avenue.

Throughout this period of time, members of D-Block and other individuals associated with D-Block, conspired to sell quantities of base cocaine, otherwise known as "crack cocaine," within the community of Owensboro, Kentucky. During the investigation, law enforcement agents learned that Anderson participated in this conspiracy by selling various quantities of crack cocaine.

Anderson is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr., on May 29, 2008, at 9:00 a.m., in Owensboro, Kentucky. The maximum potential penalties for Troy Anderson are 140 years imprisonment, a $6,000,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of no less than 4 years; and the minimum penalties are 5 years imprisonment.

Co-defendants Montae Goodnight and Jamie Payne pled guilty on December 12, 2007, and are scheduled to be sentenced on March 27, 2008, at 9:00 a.m. Co-defendants Antoni Wimsatt and Deanna Watson pled guilty on December 13, 2007, and are scheduled to be sentenced on March 6, 2008, at 9:00 a.m. Co-defendant James Calhoun pled guilty on December 14, 2007, and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 6, 2008, at 9:00 a.m. Co-defendants Jonathan Howard, William Johnson, and John Leak pled guilty on December 20, 2007, and are scheduled to be sentenced on March 27, 2008, at 9:00 a.m. Co-defendants Desmond Morton, Dewayne Hall, and Mario Palmer, pled guilty on January 3, 2008, and are scheduled to be sentenced on April 18, 2008, at 9:00 a.m. Co-defendant Damien Thruston, pled guilty on January 17, 2008, and is scheduled to be sentenced on April 25, 2008, at 9:00 a.m. Co-defendant Chance Morton, pled guilty on January 31, 2008, and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 16, 2008, at 9:00 a.m.

All sentencing hearings will take place in Owensboro, Kentucky, before Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel P. Kinnicutt, and it was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Owensboro Police Department, and the Kentucky State Police.

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