Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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November 11, 2013

2 more charged in bus station drug sweep to plead

ASHLAND — Two more of the more than two dozen defendants charged in a Kentucky State Police investigation of drug trafficking at the Ashland Greyhound Bus Terminal have agreed to enter guilty pleas in federal court.

The guilty pleas of Dustin Copley, 30, Huntington and Jerry L. Parker Jr., 28, Detroit, will bring the number of convictions in U.S. District Court resulting from the probe to six.

Attorneys representing Copley and Parker this week filed motions for their clients to be re-arraigned for the purpose of changing their pleas. Both are charged with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute. Both could face up to 20 years in prison, but application of federal sentencing guidelines is likely to result in them receiving shorter sentences than that.

A date for Copley’s and Parker’s plea hearings hadn’t been set as of Friday.

The KSP launched its three-month investigation of drug activity at the bus station after learning dealers were using the terminal as a hub for illegal activity between Detroit and the Tri-State. During the investigation, the KSP seized 700 grams of heroin, 3,250 prescription pills and three ounces of marijuana. The heroin and pills, which included oxycodone, Xanax and Ecstasy, would have been worth more than $1 million once cut and packaged for street sales.

Last month, a federal court jury found Bradley Locklear, 32, of Glenwood, W.Va., guilty of possession of heroin, in an amount of 100 grams or more, and possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute. He faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 10 by Judge David L. Bunning.

In September, Henry H. Miller Jr., 26, of Detroit, and John A. Davis, 35, and Amy L. Falls, 24, both of Elkview, W.Va., entered guilty pleas to conspiracy to distribute heroin. They also face up to 20 years in years in prison when they are sentenced Nov. 18 by Bunning.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.

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