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Alleged Drug Dealers Face Federal Charges

LONDON – Two Perry County men with a history of drug trafficking now face federal charges as the result of an investigation begun last year by Operation UNITE.

Jerry D. Delaney and Delvin Caudill were arrested Thursday, April 12, on criminal complaints filed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in London. Both were charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute OxyContin, a Schedule II controlled substance.

Caudill, age 72, of Hardburly Road, was released on bond. Delaney, age 52, of Jakes Fork Road, is being held in the Laurel County Detention Center pending a detention hearing scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the U.S. District Courthouse in London.

A trial date is pending the return of indictments by a federal grand jury.

Delaney and Caudill were originally arrested on October 6, 2006, by UNITE detectives following the execution of search warrants on their homes in the Hardburley community of eastern Perry County. Each was initially charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second or subsequent offense.

During a search of Delaney’s residence UNITE detectives and officers from the Hazard Police Department found 21 OxyContin 40mg tablets. At the home where Caudill was staying they confiscated 271 OxyContin 40mg tablets and 40 80mg tablets along with more than $8,600 in cash.

At the time Caudill posted a $100,000 cash bond in state court. In early December the DEA seized this cash as illegal drug proceeds.

Earlier this year, when the cases were adopted by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, state charges were dismissed in Perry Circuit Court in accordance with the federal career offender statute.

Caudill returned to his home while Delaney moved to Powell County.

“These men are career felony offenders,” said Dan Smoot, UNITE’s director of law enforcement. “Despite prior convictions for selling drugs they continued to flaunt the law and will now have to pay a much stiffer penalty.”

At the time of their initial arrest Delaney was on state probation for a felony drug trafficking conviction on a UNITE case and has a second drug trafficking conviction.

Caudill was also on state probation for a felony drug trafficking conviction on a UNITE case and has a previous federal drug trafficking conviction.

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


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