The "148" Gang Case in the Eastern District of Kentucky
|Everett Michael Abney||3 years probation|
|Eric Deshane Badgett||5 years imprisonment|
|Ralph Arnold Black||10 years imprisonment|
|Everett Walter Bolling||12 years imprisonment|
|Chad Lavon Brown||70 months imprisonment|
|Julian Edward Brown||42 months imprisonment|
|Antwan Lamont Bryant||10 years imprisonment|
|Craig Clark||10 years imprisonment|
|Terrycus Clark||10 years imprisonment|
|Lewanda Cox||probation in state court|
|Jose Crooks||108 months imprisonment|
|Rene Leon Cruz||3 years imprisonment|
|Troy Kinte Cunningham||70 months imprisonment|
|Tara Lynn Davis||2 years probation|
|Kevin Wayne Dale||63 months imprisonment|
|Steven Eugene Dale||5 years imprisonment|
|Richard Davis||15 months imprisonment|
|Joshua Dumphord||27 months imprisonment|
|Terry Lee Dumphord||10 years imprisonment|
|Latyron Fields||52 months imprisonment|
|Leslie Fields||94 months imprisonment|
|Aretha Fisher||5 years imprisonment|
|Shauna Flora||3 years probation|
|Richard Ford||10 years imprisonment|
|Dominique Hawkins||3 years imprisonment|
|Gary Clay Henderson||90 months imprisonment|
|Charles Edward Hutsell||12 years imprisonment|
|Patricia Ann Johnson||3 years imprisonment|
|Travis Jamel Johnson||10 years imprisonment|
|Demarcus Hamilton Jones||262 months(21.8 yrs) imprisonment|
|Jose Antoine Kemper||4 years imprisonment|
|Jeremy Louis Kenney||96 months imprisonment|
|Milton Orr Kenney||5 years imprisonment|
|Ronald Curtis Kenney||90 months imprisonment|
|William Orr Kenney||21 months imprisonment|
|William Kenney Jr.||3 years supervised release|
|Jeffrey Lynn Mattox||15 years imprisonment|
|Shakira Marie Myers||3 years probation|
|Pedro Nunez-Bautista||8 months imprisonment|
|Brian Wayne Peyton||18 months imprisonment|
|Alejandro Trejo Ponce||50 months imprisonment|
|Jeremy David Ransom||3 years probation|
|Jermaine Lamont Ransom||72 months + 6 months imprisonment|
|Antonio Lee Robinson||24 months imprisonment|
|Meg Scott||2 years probation|
|Jermaine Sullivan||5 years imprisonment|
|Aaron Thomas Shakir||8 months imprisonment|
|Eric L. Smothers||48 months imprisonment|
|Laquint McArthur Strawder||11 years imprisonment|
|James Edward Thomas||15 months imprisonment|
|Jashaun Marquis Thomas||12 years imprisonment|
|Mal Eric Walton||18 years imprisonment|
|David Arthur Washington||18 months imprisonment|
|Corey Allen Williams||5 years imprisonment|
|Shane Douglas Williams||24 months imprisonment|
Paris Drug Bust Netted
55 Persons Charged and 55 Convictions
by Paul A. Gibson
courtesy of the Bourbon County Citizen
The U. S. Attorney’s office and the Kentucky State Police jointly announced last week that all 55 defendents that were arrested during last June’s large scale drug bust roundup in Paris have been convicted and sentenced.
“The reason we are holding this press conference today,” said U. S. Attorney, Kerry Harvey, “Is that the last defendant arrested in the drug bust was sentenced in federal court this morning.”
Harvey said that all 55 defendants pled guilty and received sentences “appropriate to their crimes.” He added that the drug bust was a cooperative effort involving several agencies, ATF, Kentucky State Police, Bourbon Co. Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Department and the Lexington Police Department.
“I’m also proud of the efforts of my staff to bring these people to justice,” Harvey said.
Kerry Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky
Harvey told the audience that “Much of the activity centered around a grocery story owned by Mal Walton. He used the store as a hub for the majority of the drug trafficking activities that took place. Walton used drug runners to distribute narcotics during all hours of the day in and around the store which was located two blocks from Paris High School. Walton received an 18 year sentence.” He added that some 75 percent of those arrested had previous felony arrests on their record.
According to Harvey the people who lived in the area feared for their lives and were afraid to walk in the area of the store.
“We hope that after seeing these sentences, the city of Paris can take some comfort in knowing that the individuals that afflicted their community for years with drug trafficking were held accountable,” Harvey said.
Kentucky State Police Commissioner, Rodney Brewer, said that the investigation came out of complaints from Bourbon County.
Rodney Brewer, Kentucky State Police Commissioner
“People complained about the drug activity on “the hill” or area around the grocery store,” Brewer said.
Brewer said that KSP worked jointly with ATF and a task force to investigate, gather evidence, make drug buys and develop sufficient evidence to make the arrests.
“It was a cooperative effort with a number of police agencies.” Brewer said, “There’s no better example of how law enforcement can work together on a major case.”
Richard Putnam, AFT, Resident Agent in Charge, said that “We started investigating the criminal group known as “148” two years ago. During the investigations we witnessed drug buys, and drug trafficking. There were also some shootings that occurred during the investigation.”
Richard Putnam, ATF, Resident Agent in Charge
Putnam said that indictments and warrants were issues this past June and “On June 17 we conducted a large scale roundup. 55 arrests and 55 convictions is a fantastic job.” He added that the success of the drug bust was that all the police agencies and the prosecutor’s office worked together to bring about the arrests and convictions.
Putnam added that drug investigations are ongoing and will continue with the cooperation of KSP and ATF.
In addition to the arrests there was confiscation of a number of items that included:
10 vehicles, $29,699.18 in cash, one residence, 23 firearms, 2 bulletproof vests and approximately 220 rounds of ammunition.
Paris Mayor, Mike Thornton, expressed his appreciation for the job of all agencies involved in the successful drug bust.
“I was elected to Commissioner in 2007 and from the beginning we received complaints and concerns from the community about the drug problem. Property owners were afraid to walk the streets at night because of the criminal activity.”
Thornton added that the city knew they needed help and asked Kentucky State Police and other agencies to join in an investigation.
“The success of the drug bust has had a positive effect on our community,” Thornton said, “ Now it is totally different area and citizens can get out and walk their streets without fear.”