Indictment provides more details on FBI raid at store in Lexington

jkegley@herald-leader.comMay 10, 2013 

FBI raids in Lexington and Winchester on Wednesday were part of a federal investigation into a multi-county drug trafficking ring, according to an indictment in U.S. District Court.

Authorities charged 11 people — including the owner of the Mid-Way Mart on Winchester Road in Lexington — with selling or conspiring to sell crack cocaine and prescription pills in Fayette, Clark and Madison counties.

The indictment, which was unsealed Friday, was the first court document that shed light on the investigation.

FBI agents would not tell reporters why they were serving warrants and collecting evidence at the market and three homes in Clark County on Wednesday. The raids were reported by Lexington television stations and the Winchester Sun.

Bassam M. Alfroukh, who is listed as president of Midway Petro Enterprises, which owns the Mid-Way Mart, was charged with two counts of distributing the painkiller Oxycodone in Lexington, according to the indictment.

Alfroukh used property at the market to "commit" and "facilitate" the alleged controlled-substance violations, the indictment said. The indictment said the property should be forfeited to the U.S. Government.

The Mid-Way Mart was open for business Friday after being closed during the raid.

Agents charged Alfroukh; Rondale Lamont McCann; Jennifer Leanna Rawlings; Zerockia Z. Keene; Kelly Marquet Stewart; Susan Ladosha Strickland; Jason Leon Bledsoe; Misty Dawn Cloyd; and Marcus T. Williams. The indictment charges the defendants in the conspiracy to distribute "5 kilograms or more" of crack cocaine in Madison County from July 2012 to May 2.

Those nine, plus Dustin A. Harrison and Bruce A. Harrison, also were charged with conspiring to distribute an unspecified quantity of pills in Madison County during the same period.

Dustin Harrison and Bruce Harrison also were charged with one count each of distributing pills in Clark County. McCann and Rawlings were each charged with several additional counts of distributing crack cocaine in Clark and Madison Counties.

Along with Alfroukh's property, the indictment said Bruce Harrison's property at 1501 Ford Road in Winchester — one of the homes raided by the FBI — is subject to forfeiture.

Though much of the drugs were allegedly sold in Madison County, it was unclear whether there were raids there Wednesday. FBI spokeswoman Mary Trotman told a Herald-Leader reporter Wednesday that agents were working in Clark and Fayette counties.

Kentucky state police and local police departments and sheriff's offices assisted the FBI with the raids, but federal authorities took the lead.

"Usually, they want a uniformed officer to be there when they do the warrant service," said Trooper Paul Blanton, a spokesman for the state police post in Richmond.

The defendants face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty of conspiring to distribute pills, and five to 20 years in prison on the other counts.

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