Bluegrass Conspiracy Player Released From Prison

A former Lexington police officer sent to jail for his role in the 'Bluegrass Conspiracy' is now out of jail.

Bill Canan who is now 63-years-old got out of federal prison on September 3rd. The 'Bluegrass Conspiracy' was a multi-million dollar drug ring involving well connected members of the Lexington community and the police force.

A former WKYT reporter, Sally Denton, first broke the story back in the 1980's. Many say Billy Canan and Andrew Thorton, who served as detectives in the narcotics division at Lexington Police Department, were the leaders of "The Company," a drug smuggling ring in Kentucky.

Somewhere during their service, it's believed both started smuggling cocaine and other drugs.
In September 1985, Thorton died in a parachute accident, on him, investigators found 150 pounds of cocaine, valued at $15 million as well as thousands in cash.

Billy Canan was arrested later at his Lexington apartment complex charged with drug trafficking and threatening to kill someone. He also became the chief suspect in the mysterious disappearance of Melanie Flynn, who he had been romantically involved with.

Flynn's family believes Canan killed her and then dumped her body.

Canan was never charged in connection with Flynn's disappearance and served the time he was given by the court system.

As to where he resides following his prison release, it is not known.

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  • by anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 12:02 PM
    they will be exposed. we are close.
  • by Dee on Nov 1, 2011 at 09:14 PM
    To the Flynn Family - don't give up your search for the truth. It will reveal itself if you diligently do your research and do not, for any reason, trust anyone connected to the Lexington Police Department or any law enforcement agency in Kentucky. The system of law enforcement in this state is corrupt beyond imagination. Career criminals rule here and victims suffer because of them and their connections to law enforcement as well as local and state government shysters. Trust only in your ability to investigate on your own.
  • by Unknown Location: Lexington on May 26, 2011 at 06:58 AM
    There is so much more to this story that it unreal! It's funny how people pick and choose what should be told about who! If people only knew the lives Canan put through hell is crazy, but wonder if they will ever get to tell their story! It's not just who was playing this so called game with him, but what about the families who were brought into the middle by going through the hell he put them through! No body really knows the harm and damage he has done to the innocent family members who he would threaten, who had no part of his game, and even innocent children were followed and threatened and pulled int hell for his selfish reason's of being exposed! I think someone needs to write what really happened behind closed doors that was heard and witnessed, the story that has never been told, the truth to all what was witnessed! But that may expose him even more and god forbid if that happens! He is not a player he is a very sick man!!! Calling him a player i am sure feeds that sick ego he already has! I'd like say GAME OVER!!!
  • by Michael Location: Kentucky on Jan 17, 2011 at 07:27 AM
    And there is a lot more to this story that was ever "uncovered"......
  • by Dee on Nov 17, 2010 at 09:42 AM
    Bryant is out of prison and is still dangerous.
  • by Mark Location: shelbyville on Feb 18, 2010 at 05:41 PM
    The fact that almost all of the people whose names were dragged thru the mud in this book were convicted of nothing should be a huge red flag as to the credibility of this book
  • by anonymous Location: Lexington, Ky on Oct 12, 2009 at 08:47 PM
    It is still going on today....Check out Wormscan and see what you think!
  • by fran Location: arlington on Sep 26, 2009 at 06:34 AM
    hey you play you pay.every state has their own lexington, ky.its out there deal with it!
  • by Steve Location: Chicago on Aug 6, 2009 at 09:53 PM
    I was born in Chicago, my mothers side of the family was all from Lexington. My mothers brother was both on the police force. He openly admitted and told me personally that there were cops on duty and off that would take part in selling and distributing drugs around town. He quickly became aware of what was going on around him. He was smart and kept his mouth shut. His commander however was involved in multiple meetings off of Tates Creek rd, and Old Dobbin road, the first house on your right today and it's white now. My grandfather always recalled police cars being there and many people coming and going at all hours. From what I have heard and researched personally. I believe the book covers many things that people dont know about and sheds light on.
  • by copper Location: ky on Jun 4, 2009 at 08:56 AM
    what a scam.. everybody knows somebody in that book. but.... no one really knows no one.. It was drugs ,$$ and political power. duh...the ugly,rich and wanna be's in a confusion of drugs. sic sic sic..Lexington ky is neither a sleepy or little town people.. visit it and see, then try another view. horsey peeps all over.. sic there 2.let all the ones involved in this clean public toilets for life with a toothbrush.


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