A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging seven defendants with multiple offenses involving drug trafficking in Carter County.
Four of the seven — Ruth B. Locklear, 49; Jose L. Hernandez, 38; Luis Perez-Diaz, 39; and Fransciso Camacho Jr., 20; — were arrested last month after the FBI, the Kentucky State Police and the Carter County Sheriff’s Department served search warrants at residences on Fourth Street and Sunflower Drive. Cash, cocaine and a vehicle were seized.
The other three defendants named in the 10-page indictment, returned Thursday by a U.S. District Court grand jury sitting in Covington, are Osiel DeLeon, Robin Ingram and Morgan McDavid. Their ages and addresses were not listed in court records.
The indictment charges the seven with 20 separate offenses, all of which occurred between September 2011 and September of this year. According to the indictment, the defendants “conspired with each other and with others” to knowingly and intentionally distribute cocaine and oxycodone in Carter County.
Each of the defendants could be sentenced to up to 40 years in prison and fined up to $5 million for conspiring to distribute cocaine. The other counts each carry a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million. However, if convicted, any sentences the defendants would receive would be imposed after consideration of federal sentencing guidelines.
Locklear, Hernandez, Perez-Diaz and Camacho are all currently lodged in the Carter County Detention Center. The whereabouts of the other three were not immediately known.
An arraignment date for the seven had not been set as of Friday.
A grand jury indictment is a formal accusation of a crime and does not establish guilt.
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