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24 face charges after investigation into organized crime ring

A Franklin County grand jury has handed down indictments against 24 people following an investigation into organized crime.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says "Operation Maverick," which was launched in March, targeted the importation and trafficking of prescription medication in the county.

The sheriff's office says the investigation revealed many people traveled to Florida to obtain Percocet and other controlled drugs.

Investigators say those suspects were financed by others, and large amounts of drugs were transported from Florida to Franklin County, where the drugs were then sold illegally.

"If you're going to deal drugs here, we are going to arrest you," Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said. "That is the bottom line of this operation, and that's the story here. We have tens of thousands of pills coming into our community from Florida by people going down there to the doctor and paying cash."

The grand jury indicted 24 people on charges of engaging in organized crime/criminal syndicate, which is a Class B felony.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says the following Frankfort residents were indicted: Neil Clark, age 36, Jesse C. Quire, 39, Henry Earl Penn, 47, David Hendershot, 30, Jessica Poole, 34, Billy Temple, 37, Chris Kincaid, 37, Tiffany Kincaid, 29, Vernard Kincaid, 42, Timothy Durham, 42, Chad Maupin, 38, Michael Tincher, 54, Jerry Collins, 43, Michael Sullivan, 28 Thomas A. Nicholas, 24, Christy Smith, 38, Danny Manley, 34, Devin Allen, 27, and Byron Haliburton, 24.

Also indicted were Warren Barmore, 37, of Lexington, Christopher Sudduth, 29, of Lawrenceburg, Charlie Singer, 45, of Stamping Ground, Timothy Florian, 49, of Versailles and Calvin Reece, 42, of Bagdad, KY.

The sheriff's office says this investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are anticipated in the case.


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