Five of the seven defendants charged in a federal case involving drug trafficking in Carter County have indicated their intentions to plead guilty.
Two of the five — Jose L. Hernandez, 38, and Robin Ingram, age unavailable — are scheduled to entered guilty pleas at 10 a.m. today before U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning.
Attorneys representing Ruth B. Locklear, 49, Luis Perez-Diaz, 39, and Morgan McDavid, age unavailable, also have filed motions requesting their clients be rearraigned so they can change their pleas from not guilty to guilty.
Those pleas will leave Francisco Camacho Jr., 20, and Osiel DeLeon, age unavailable, as the only remaining defendants in the case.
All seven defendants were named in a 10-page indictment by a federal grand jury sitting in Covington. The indictment charged 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 Jr. were arrested in September 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.
Locklear, Hernandez, Perez-Diaz and Camacho are lodged in the Carter County Detention Center. The whereabouts of the other three were not immediately known.
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