A Frankfort man identified as one of the “Untouchables” who thought they’d never be arrested on drug charges has been freed from jail with an ankle monitor.
Jason Ware, who was charged with organized crime in connection with drug trafficking, is back on the streets after a judge released him with the monitor that confines him to Franklin County except to travel to Louisville to meet with his attorney, said Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland Thursday.
Ware was previously released but was incarcerated June 28 after a dirty drug screen.
Ware, 34, of 8827 Owenton Road, has been considered the ringleader of a Florida to Franklin County pill pipeline that was discovered by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office several months ago.
“(Ware) has financed and directed people to go to Florida doctors and guided them in obtaining Florida residences to obtain a fake lease to get a Florida ID for the sole purpose of saving money to see those doctors and pharmacists,” said Matt Brown, a sheriff’s office narcotics investigator, during Ware’s district court hearing in February.
“He financed those (trips), directed people to rent vehicles and directed people to hold money when he was not present to make sure the trip ran smoothly.”
Ware was indicted with more than 20 others who the sheriff’s office has dubbed the “Untouchables” because of T-shirts several members of the group wore as an expression of their immunity from the law.
After Ware was arrested Jan. 13, deputies collected about 300 Percocet pills. Once Ware was in custody at the Franklin County Regional Jail, detectives searched his house where they found about 600 names and numbers under different categories, which Brown says explains how many pills Ware received from each person involved in the “ring.”
“For the benefit of profit, (carriers) were asked to get Florida IDs to get a larger profit off the pills that are sold,” Brown said.
Brown says the ledgers give evidence that Ware collected the pills in exchange for money and prescription pills once the couriers were back in Franklin County.
Sheriff’s deputies have said the group made about $30,000 per month from the Florida trips.