7 indicted on charges of running prescription pill ring in Bell County

bestep@herald-leader.comSeptember 25, 2013 

A conspiracy to sell prescription pills in Bell County lasted more than 17 years, a federal grand jury has charged.

The grand jury indicted seven people on charges of selling pain pills and Xanax from January 1996 through last week, when authorities began arresting alleged members of the conspiracy.

Those indicted Wednesday were Donald King; Melissa Summers; Noe Polanco; Sherrill King; Donald Lee Joseph King; Buddy "Cud" Tigue; and Yolanda Villerreal.

All seven were charged with conspiring to sell drugs. In addition, Donald King and Summers were charged with running a continuing criminal enterprise.

One key court document that contains details about the alleged drug ring remained sealed.

The indictment listed more than a half-dozen pieces of property in Bell County and Tennessee the government wants to take from the defendants because the property allegedly was tied to drug sales, as well as a car, a motorcycle and more than $73,000 in cash.

Donald King and Summers face at least 20 years in prison if convicted. The others face up to 20 years.

Bill Estep: (606) 678-4655. Twitter: @billestep1

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