8 charged in Ashland motorcycle theft ring

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) - A discovery by eastern Kentucky police during a shooting investigation helped federal officials indict eight people in a motorcycle theft ring.

Boyd Sheriff Terry Keelin says officers found a chop shop while investigating the Ashland shooting in 2007. Federal prosecutors said in a statement Friday that the shop was at the center of a multi-state ring that profited about $2.5 million.

Eight defendants have been charged with money laundering and other charges for involvement in the ring that operated from 2000 to 2008. They each face a maximum sentence of 20 years. The indictments were unsealed last week.

Keelin told The Independent in Ashland (http://bit.ly/r4tcWz) that he notified the FBI, which had been investigating the theft of motorcycles but couldn't find the chop shop.


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