Reverend and Wife Convicted of Marijuana Operation

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

He's known in his small town as a reverend, good neighbor, and friend.
But federal authorities say behind the scenes, Wayne Reid and his wife Donna were making millions by selling marijuana. The couple used several businesses to disguise their operation.

Now the Reid's, once thought of as pillars in their community, are facing up to 30 years in prison. The couple were found guilty Wednesday night in a federal court house, for money laundering and harboring a fugitive.

Federal investigators say from January 2000 through November 2005 the Reid purchased a large acreage in Clay County, Ky, and began a development of the property, including the construction of homes, remodeling an existing home, and constructing a convenient store, to disguise a multi-million dollar marijuana trafficking operation.

Testimony also revealed that the Reids concealed the location of a federal fugitive, Larry Golden Jackson, Jr., who was their partner in crime.

The trial also resulted in the turnover of $1.5 million in property.
Wayne Reid is the Pastor of, Calvary Baptist Church in the Burning Springs Community. He is in the Laurel County jail, Donna Reid bonded out.

The two could face up to 30 years in prison when sentence January of next year.


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  • by Amazed Location: Clay Co on Sep 23, 2008 at 01:20 PM
    It is amazing how many people making comment concerning these people and this case have no earthly idea what they were accused of, or of what they were convicted. They were never accused of growing or selling drugs. It was about buying real and physical property with money that had been given them, money derived from drugs sold by another individual. It was about money laundering and harbering a fugitive. Talking about their growing and selling drugs just makes those making such comments look stupid. We are all greatly ashamed of the drug trafficking in our county. But some of us are far from convinced that these people actually guilty. The judicial system in this country leaves a lot to be desired anymore, and not to be trusted more than any "kangaroo court." Keep in mind that these folks were convicted on the word of confessed drug dealer. His testimony was never intended to benefit anyone but himself.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Sep 22, 2008 at 01:07 PM
    Which one is the wife?
  • by Just me on Sep 22, 2008 at 12:40 PM
    They should be terribly ashamed. Just think using God's name to sell dope?
  • by Hippie on Sep 22, 2008 at 08:12 AM
    See, even the preacher knows its not bad for you.
  • by Nora Location: Pikeville on Sep 20, 2008 at 08:50 PM
    This story is sad in fact, Wayne Reid has been at our church and preached many revivals, stayed in our home. he is a wonderful man that my family and I looked up to. I pray that people undetstand that he was a preacer not God and Satan is at work and this what happens when we take our eyes away from God.. Whay Wayne did was very wrong but as christians we are to pray for him and his family. HE WHO IS WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE.
  • by jack Location: jackson on Sep 20, 2008 at 08:30 PM
    People need money ! Bush wants 700 billion to bail out A.I.G....etc.. According to the last U.S. population census, The Goverment could give each individual living in the united states 2 million dollars from this 700 billion and still have money left over. How would that be for an economic stimulus package ! I say the over zealous lenders should not be bailed out. Give the american people this money. Most individuals will not need to sell dope for a living. I think my family of 5 could live comfortably with 10 million dollars.
  • by ChristFollower Location: Lexington on Sep 20, 2008 at 06:51 PM
    It's a shame that people like this are covered so well in the media, and when one or two bad apples do something like this, it gives all of us who are really trying to live Godly lives and help others a really bad name. If these two believe in Christ, then He has forgiven them of their sins, but they should be ashamed of what they did and did it all in God's name...when God had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with them doing these things. He sat shaking His head as He watched people committing crimes in His names, just as he does when two religious factions kill each other in His name. God is perfect and good, and this is not what He wanted people to see and cause negative influence on those who do not know Him. But we have free-will and are sinful creatures by nature, and these two let the enemy take them to places they shouldn't have ever went, and then they hide behind His name to try to divert the heat. I hope they are praying hard right now, they need it.
  • by Me Location: floyd county on Sep 20, 2008 at 06:10 PM
    Thou shalt not sell or smoke pot.
  • by cole Location: Frankfort on Sep 20, 2008 at 02:36 PM
    William A from Pike County: Seizure laws!? That is what it is called. Items obtained by illegal means are subject to forfeiture by law. These two obtained what they had by illegally selling drugs so it, to me, is appropriate that the things they have be taken and sold at auction to benefit the government or whomever else that it may benefit. Personally I think that the whole ordeal is funny!, guess they thought they would not get caught.
  • by concerned citizen Location: man on Sep 20, 2008 at 10:50 AM
    It's a shame that they hid behind the church! The love of money...well need I say more...For those who have family members who have had and still having trouble with drugs, I think they will agree...these two deserve everything that they've got coming! Such hypocrits!
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