Ohio Man Convicted of Pill Distribution Conspiracy in Eastern Kentucky
NOV 08 - LEXINGTON, Kentucky — An Ohio man was convicted on November 5th, 2010, of leading a drug conspiracy that was responsible for the illegal distribution of at least 40,000 prescription pills in parts of Eastern Kentucky. A federal jury in Lexington, KY, convicted 46-year-old Jay A. Shephard, who owned residences in Dayton, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan, of one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and one money laundering count. In addition, he will have to forfeit five pieces of real estate located in Dayton that were purchased with profits from the drug conspiracy.
According to evidence at trial, between May of 2006 and May of 2009, Shephard directed others to illegally distribute thousands of methadone and oxycodone pills in the Kentucky counties of Perry, Fayette, Breathitt, and Scott. The jury also found that Shephard’s conspiracy profited approximately $300,000.
A co-defendant, Evans L. Moore pleaded guilty in July of this year to the charge of aiding in the distribution of controlled substances. He admitted that he transported some of the drugs from Ohio to Eastern Kentucky for distribution under Shephard’s direction. Shephard is the final defendant of the 21 individuals charged in the conspiracy to be prosecuted.
The announcement was made by the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Kentucky, Robert L. Corso, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Detroit Field Division, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (BATF), and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Shephard is currently scheduled to appear for sentencing in Lexington, Kentucky, on February 23, 2011. He faces a maximum prison sentence of 30 years.