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UNITE Investigation Leads To Several Guilty Pleas

MONTICELLO – Multiple defendants entered pleas of guilty to charges brought out of a string of investigations by Operation UNITE in Wayne County, according to Matthew B. Leveridge, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Wayne and Russell counties.

Leveridge stated that the following cases were resolved in Wayne Circuit Court on February 17:

• Phillip M. Gentry, 36, pled guilty to four counts of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and one count of trafficking in a controlled substance in or near a school, according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney and UNITE Prosecutor David L. Dalton.

On four occasions in August and September 2008 a confidential informant with Operation UNITE purchased hydrocodone pills from Gentry, Dalton said. In addition, a confidential informant bought clonazepam pills from Gentry from a residence on North Second Street in Monticello – which was within 1,000 yards of Monticello Independent Schools.

Dalton stated he would recommend five years imprisonment for the multiple offenses.

• Marcie Lynn Hughes, 29, pled guilty to three counts of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and one count of trafficking in a controlled substance in or near a school.

A confidential informant with Operation UNITE purchased hydrocodone pills from Hughes on three occasions in August and October 2008, Leveridge said. In addition, Hughes sold marijuana to a confidential informant within 1,000 yards of Immanuel Christian Academy in Monticello.

Leveridge stated he would recommend three years imprisonment for the offenses.

• David A. Dixson, 42, pled guilty to two counts of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and one count of trafficking in a controlled substance in or near a school.

According to Leveridge, a confidential informant with Operation UNITE purchased hydrocodone pills from Dixson on two occasions in August and October 2008. In addition, Dixson sold marijuana to a confidential informant within 1,000 yards of Immanuel Christian Academy in Monticello in September 2008.

Leveridge stated he would recommend three years imprisonment for the offenses.

• Donald James Humble, 33, pled guilty to one count of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

In September 2008, a confidential informant with Operation UNITE purchased 10 hydrocodone pills from Humble, Leveridge said, adding he would recommend two years imprisonment.

• Darrell “Mutt” Daniels Jr., 21, pled guilty to one count of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

A confidential informant with Operation UNITE purchased 8 hydrocodone pills from Daniels during August 2008, Leveridge stated. He will recommend two years imprisonment.

• Kaytrina Cobb, 27, pled guilty to one count of trafficking in a controlled substance in or near a school.

According to Dalton, in October 2008 Cobb sold three marijuana joints to a confidential informant with Operation UNITE. This sale occurred with 1,000 yards to Immanuel Christian Academy in Monticello.

Dalton stated he would recommend one year imprisonment.

Wayne Circuit Judge Vernon Miniard set the final sentencing for each of these individuals on April 21.

Leveridge thanked Operation UNITE for their excellent work in these cases.

For more information about Operation UNITE visit their website at www.operationunite.org.


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