Second Person Involved In Alleged Drug Ring Pleads Guilty

By: Amy Walker
By: Amy Walker

A second person indicted in federal court in connection with an alleged Clay County drug ring pleads guilty.

Some new information was also revealed in court on the two remaining defendants.

Bobby Joe Curry entered his guilty plea Monday and says he will testify against others indicted in the alleged drug ring as part of the agreement. The u-s attorney's office says that the two remaining defendants in the case may soon be facing even more charges.

Former Assistant Police Chief Todd Roberts and former 911 Director Vernon Hacker may face more charges from the grand jury.

U.S. Attorney Steve Smith announced in court Monday those additional charges could come down later this week.

Bobby Joe Curry is expected to be on the stand to testify against Roberts and Hacker.

He pleaded guilty to 5 counts of drug related charges including conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and pills containing oxycodone and methadone.

Curry's attorney James Hibbard says that Curry's plea came after he turned his life around.

Just last month, family members described Curry's renewed spirit

"He was up for three days and nights and he said he was high on God... it was like taking 3 OC (OxyContin) 80's," Betty Benge, Curry's sister, said.

Despite his agreement to testify, Curry could still face a heavy sentence.

Curry faces at least 20 years on 4 counts for supplying Stacey Harris with drugs that caused her fatal overdose in 2003.

But at 55 years old, Hibbard says his client cannot afford receiving a maximum sentence from a trial.

"The possibility of a lighter sentence for his cooperation was the only reasonable chance that he could not die in prison," Hibbard said.

If and when new charges come down, Hibbard says his client may have the knowledge to testify against Roberts and Hacker on those as well.

The question still remains as to where this trial will be and who will oversee it.

The U.S. Attorney wants the trial transferred out of London due to pretrial publicity and the defense is arguing for Judge Reeves to be removed from the case for remarks he made last year about a related federal drug case.

The trial for Todd Roberts and Vernon Hacker is expected to start on October 24th.

Bobby Joe Curry will be sentenced in January.


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