Five people took part in a conspiracy to funnel thousands of pain pills into Owsley County from Florida, a federal grand jury has charged.
Marvin Reed, Jason Reed, Thomas Little, Kristi Rae Davis and Donald W. Terry face up to 20 years in prison if convicted, or 30 years if they have a prior felony, according to the indictment.
They were indicted Thursday. They pleaded not guilty.
The case developed after Georgia police stopped Little and Davis as they returned from Florida on May 15 and found 3,278 oxycodone pills in Little's truck, according to an affidavit sworn out by Richard Dalrymple, an officer on a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force.
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Little told authorities he was taking the pills to the Reeds in Booneville, who together had provided $45,000 to buy the pills in Florida, according to the affidavit.
Little agreed to cooperate, arranging for Marvin and Jason Reed to pick up the pills, according to the statement.
DEA agents arrested the two May 17 when they came to pick up the pills, Dalrymple said.
Little said he had made three previous trips for pills in the month before he was arrested, bringing back more than 2,000 each time.
Terry was accused of going to Florida with Little and Davis to get pills.
The court file shows that three local elected officials submitted letters, using their office letterhead, in support of Marvin Reed's request to be released on bond: Judge-Executive Ronnie DeBord, Magistrate Jesse Bishop Jr., and county Clerk Sid Gabbard.
"I have personally known Marvin Reed, for the majority of his life," DeBord's letter said. "He has always been a good person. I will vouch for him that he will appear in court when told to. He won't be any trouble."