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14 indicted by feds for drug trafficking

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A 16 count federal indictment has charged 14 people in an alleged drug trafficking ring out of Louisville which included distribution of cocaine and heroin. 

David J. Hale, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, announced the 14 were arraigned in U.S. District Court this week.

The individuals who were arrested in relation to the drug conspiracy are William D. Smith, Charles A. Reed, Eric Dryden, Monica J. Smith, William "Ray Ray" Smith, Kendrick "Stacks" Brown, Joyce Vickie Smith, Joseph Whitfield, Clark Brown, Kinte Brown, Deon Crumes, Mike Miller, Melvin "Dead" Young, and Andre L. O'Neal.

The grand jury indictment, returned on May 22, states that the 14 defendants took part in a conspiracy that started to possess and distribute large amounts of cocaine and heroin. The conspiracy began in April 2011 and lasted until April 30.

According to the U.S. Attorneys' Office, the group was operating the drug trafficking operation out two locations - 2415 Ralph Ave. and 10112 McNeely Lake Drive.

On April 30, one of the suspects, Anthony Smith, allegedly provided a law officer with 10 kilograms of cocaine in a controlled purchase. The transaction provided enough evidence for law enforcement to obtain a search warrant for both homes. During the search, six handguns, cocaine, heroin, drug paraphernalia, and money were seized.

Each of the 14 defendants could face up to 20 years in federal prison, if convicted. They could also get ten years of probation and fines ranging anywhere $10,000 to $1,000,000 per count.

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