Nine people have been sentenced in Franklin Circuit Court for their roles in a so-called “corporation” running a pill pipeline from Florida to Frankfort.
The nine were part of the 24 indicted last October for engaging in organized crime after a seven-month investigation – dubbed “Operation Maverick” by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office – found the group had transported thousands of pills from Florida to Frankfort.
Two of the corporation’s main players, Timothy Durham and Christopher Kincaid, both of Frankfort, were sentenced Friday by Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd to five years in prison and five years of probation.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland and Sheriff Pat Melton told The State Journal last October that Durham and Kincaid were two of the corporation’s four “foreman.” It was their job to make the doctors’ appointments, rent cars, make hotel arrangements, pay for food and drive to Florida.
Once the foremen and runners arrived in Florida, they got false driver’s licenses and “doctor shopped” for pain clinics that would prescribe a large amount of pills in exchange for cash, Cleveland and Melton said.
The group then transported these pills back to Frankfort to sell.
Also sentenced Friday to five years in prison and five years probation were Michael Sullivan, Danny Manley, Vernard Kincaid, Tiffany Kincaid and Jerry Collins, all of Frankfort. They, along with Durham and Christopher Kincaid, had pleaded guilty earlier to criminal facilitation to engaging in organized crime.
Corporation members Devin Allen and Chad Maupin also were sentenced Friday. They got one year in prison and two years of probation.
Cleveland said Allen and Maupin received a lesser sentence because the two had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of drug trafficking.
Of the 24 indicted, all but one has been prosecuted, Cleveland said.