Arrests shut down heroin ring from Detroit to Frankfort

9 indicted in ‘Operation Motor City’ investigation

By Kristina Belcher, Published:

Just one arrest remains in the shutdown of an alleged heroin pipeline, which prosecutors said has sent “shockwaves” through the criminal community.

Nine people were indicted in February, after an investigation the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office dubbed “Operation Motor City.”

The indictment was sealed until Friday.

Those indicted include: Paul Jackson Sr., 52, Paul Jackson Jr., 29, Leonard Glover, 27, Cedric Winter, 35, and Equan Keeler, 28, all of Detroit, and Dylan Hurst, 22, Joshua Cox, 27, Billy Woodson, 29, and Ramie Kring, 22, all of Frankfort.

“It began as a singular drug bust and it just kind of mushroomed out from there,” Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Zach Becker said. “They’re all connected through Paul Jackson.”

Paul Jackson Jr. was arrested in Frankfort in January and charged with trafficking in heroin. Further investigation revealed that he was allegedly the ringleader of the elaborate drug ring, connecting several recent heroin-related arrests.

Becker said Paul Jackson Jr. would travel to Detroit to obtain large quantities of heroin from his father, Paul Jackson Sr., which he would then bring to Franklin County to sell.

His last trip ended violently, when Becker said someone in Detroit shot Paul Jackson Jr. while trying to steal the drugs. There were bullet holes in the car he was arrested in.

“Paul Jackson on the street was known as the big man in Frankfort when it came to heroin,” Becker said. “And Dylan Hurst was his big man.”

Hurst was also arrested in a drug bust in January. Becker said Hurst and the others would sell the heroin that Paul Jackson Jr. would bring to Franklin County.

Kring allegedly provided a means of communication between all of the parties after Jackson’s arrest, which Becker said became evident when she came to collect money from Hurst just prior to his arrest.

Kring and Keeler were both taken into custody Thursday, leaving only Paul Jackson Sr. on the loose.

He is believed to still be in Detroit.

The pipeline is allegedly responsible for the majority of heroin that was coming into the area from Detroit, which Becker said is the largest supplier of Frankfort’s heroin.

“It’s very clearly disrupted the sales that have been ongoing,” Becker said.

The nine people named in the indictment are all charged with engaging in organized crime. Several of the individuals also face additional drug-trafficking charges.

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  • I beleive that clear and very, very scary evidence exists that counters Melton's claim that this "spike" in heroin related drug cases is because of his office's dramatic shift to make heroin prosecution a priority.  That just does not make any sense!  I think that any rational person can clearly see that this "spike" in heroin related drug cases is a direct effect of the shrinking numbers of pirates since the 1800s.

  • OK Bodeen, I give. But how do you explain a city police officer who is supposed to uphold the laws of the city violating the city political sign ordinances? You can say this is petty and doesn't amount to anythng but city police officers and deputies pull people over because their license plate is not  illuminated, the most BS thing to ever get pulled over for but they do it because it's the law.

    "I can't believe Jim Anderson Stivers isn't jumping all over this one." 

    This statent shows you are a troll for Pat Melton, appointed by someone to track my comments on this blog.  

    So obOK Bodeen, I give. But how do you explain a city police officer who is supposed to uphold the laws of the city violating the city political sign ordinances? You can say this is petty and doesn't amount to anythng but city police officers and deputies pull people over because their license plate is not  illuminated, the most BS thing to ever get pulled over for but they do it because it's the law. I can't believe Jim Anderson Stivers isn't jumping all over this one.

  • Cardfan

    You attact toward me shows how CONFUSED in  your are in your reply and your logic.  There are several comments, rearding this issue posted, yet I am the only person you rebuttle. Its very obvious you intent to discredit my comments with popitical rhetoric. Career politicians use it all the time. 

    I stand by my original comment: One ounce, of whatever is not worthy of front page news and all your comments toward me are so obvious you are  troll..

    "Anonymous_1304, (Jim Anderson Stivers, candidate for County Judge Executive) you continue to post about the goings on of the Sheriff's Office and the alleged wrong doings that others post are occurring there. An ounce of Heroin is 28 grams and a bindle is 1/10 of a gram of heroin or one "hit". This means an ounce of heroin is 280 hits. Now if those 280 hits are a"Hot" hit, cut with rat poison or something else it could kill many people like what happened in Lexington last year when 20 people died of Heroin over a 3 week period."

    I willl say cardfan, if true, you are well informed about how to sensational anything our Sheriff might do.  Get a life. 

     

     

  • Cardfan: "...a"Hot" hit, cut with rat poison or something else it could kill many people like what happened in Lexington last year when 20 people died of Heroin over a 3 week period."

    This sounds like pure War on Some Drugs (other than nicotine and alcohol) Bull Hockey.  Urban legend a lot?  You give being a Louisville Cardinal fan (which I am one) a bad name!  Can't you change you moniker to something else?

  • g_w: "Sounds like another business I can thinks of. Oh wait, selling cars (a mostly legal enterprise) is elaborate too."

     

    Shucks, a kid's lemonade stand on the side of the neighborhood street is every bit as elaborate as this drug ring...both are selling drugs (lemonade contains a lot a sugar, a refined white powder that has psychoactive properites and acts primarily upon the central nervous system where it affects brain function, resulting in alterations in perception, mood, consciousness, cognition, and behavior.) 

     

     

    Cardfan2014, March 18, 2014 12:59PM

    "Anonymous_1304, (Jim Anderson Stivers, candidate for County Judge Executive) you continue to post about the goings on of the Sheriff's Office and the alleged wrong doings that others post are occurring there. An ounce of Heroin is 28 grams and a bindle is 1/10 of a gram of heroin or one "hit". This means an ounce of heroin is 280 hits. Now if those 280 hits are a"Hot" hit, cut with rat poison or something else it could kill many people like what happened in Lexington last year when 20 people died of Heroin over a 3 week period."

    What 1304 and I both said was according to the news reports that after all 9 people were arrested in this so-called "drug ring", where the individuals were charged with trafficking whether they were actually caught selling anything (even lemonade), there was only about an ounce of the drug confiscated among all 9 of them.  Very likely most of those folks were arrested with their private stash.  

    So, we are all impressed with your knowledge and use of the street term "bindle", and you too Sheriff Melton, but a bindle really isn't squat.  A true heroin junky uses 2-3 grams a DAY!  Tolerance is developed very quickly to drugs like heroin, alcohol, nicotine, sugar, caffeine, cocaine, etc.  Don't take my word for it, look it up.  We are also duly impressed with you knowledge and use of the term "HOT" hits, or those bindles that have been cut with rat poison in order to kill the users.  This is the stuff of urban legend because apparently cops don't think that they emotionally charged term "heroin" packs enough punch to set off the public's ALARM buttons, so they hype it with the thought that your dealer is trying to kill you with rat poison.  If you are a regular heroin, caffeine, sugar, nicotine, cocaine user, then you surely know the difference in the "high" associated with any of those drugs than rat poison.  Surely!  This scenario must be really scary to folks like you who are incapable of critical thought, but just think about what you are saying.  A dealer sells drugs to people to make money, so it makes no sense whatsoever that he is going to poison his clientele or dilute his drugs with something that is going to make them violently ill or die. Jeeze, it is like talking to a 5th grader.

    The police did the same thing years ago with LSD, which supposedly had been cut with strychnine.  The police also sprayed marijuana fields with paraquat herbicide to make a tuly harmless substance a deadly poison...thanks officer friendly! 

  • Listen cardfan. I was harassed by TWO city police today for nothing more than a fishing expedition. I am a middle aged man pushing 50 and was treated like a teen past cerfew. Broad daylight, They wanted to know what I was doing, where I was going, why my hand was in hurt, (I got two broken fingers and wearing splints from E-Room) how did I hurt it. What was my crime? I was riding a scooter.  He mis-informed of the laws concerning scooters and he wasn't about to be corrected by me when I know what the laws are concerning them. Two patrol cars, one cop who was in a very bad mood and taking it out on me and his side kick backing him up. It isn't just the sheriffs department that I have gripes with but with any cop that acts like @zzholes to the citizens just because they can and get by with it.  As far as your constant bashing of Ted Collins and blaming him for everything from buying candidates to controling them all, you are terribly mis-informed or are lying to be lying. I would like to think that you are just terribly mis-informed. You are taking up for a person who not only betrayed a very close friend who he owes his very job to but he isn't an honest man. Never was cardfan.

    Ted has been good to a lot of people in return for their confidence in him and until Pat Melton got elected, there was never a bad thing said about Ted. Ted is bullheaded and stubborn at times but a man in his position has to be. His mistakes were hiring people and paying people a little more than others but guess what cardfan, Name one previous county judge who hasn't done the same thing. It goes with the territory. Every elected officer here hires peope they don't need, including Pat but Pat liked to whisper info, even if wrong, just to harm Teds image after all Ted has done for him. Pat didn't stop with Ted, he trashed both other police agencies to the point they do not like, nore want to work with him. This has never happened in this county before Pat. It is time to quit blaming everybody for Pats overbearing ego and accept that he made huge mistakes in not only the sheriffs department but in the political arena also.. In laymens term, He got too big for himself and lost focus.

  • OK Bodeen, I give. But how do you explain a city police officer who is supposed to uphold the laws of the city violating the city political sign ordinances? You can say this is petty and doesn't amount to anythng but city police officers and deputies pull people over because their license plate is not  illuminated, the most BS thing to ever get pulled over for but they do it because it's the law. I can't believe Jim Anderson Stivers isn't jumping all over this one.

  • He did cardfan and everybody knows it. Thats why all this blaming Ted for everything is rediculous. As far as the STATE JOURNAL (NOT TED) making a big whoop dee doo over Teds contributions, The state journal has been by Pats side the whole time and like you, criticize every move Ted makes because they know people are loyal to Ted and you all try to discredit him every chance in order to help Pat. Now you are blaming Ted for telling Quire to put up his signs. Pat knows very well that most of the votes he got was through Ted and him supporting him and that is why he feeling pretty lonely right now. I will tell you this cardfan, no incubent politician ever has to worry if he does the people right. They win off record, not endorsements.

  • Cardfan....Bodeen is correct Collins did support Melton in the 2010 election, I don't care if you can't fing it in print.  I know Ted and he did endorse Melton.

  • Bodeen, Collins never supported Melton in the Primary. Find a photo like he has taken with Banata and Quire (still waiting on the one with Rambo) of Melton and Collins. Find where Collins made such a big bombastic todo about giving a check to Melton like he did with Banta and Quire. Where is the endorsement article in the State Journal with collins supporting Melton in the Primary or General? There are none. your facts are wrong. Find any social media mention of Collins supporting Melton, there are none. Collins did not support Melton, period.

    As to the Ordinance question, I guess it's ok to ignore the ones you want. Next time a complaint comes in about an ordinace violation, I hope people quote that Collins advised Quire to ignore it so I chose to ingore the ones I want. The law is the law and when your #1 adviser says its ok to violate this ordinance, violate all of them. Noise ordinance, litter ordinance, violate any and all, and when a person is running for the top administrative office and violates one right out of the gate, what is in the future. I think I'm going to put a 100ft by 100 ft sign at my business and when I get a letter from Fiscal court, I'm going to day, Collins ok'd violations, so I ok's my own. Rules are rules, follow them or don't. You do not earn respect for violating the laws and ordinances of our community. If you think it's ok to violate it, then petition Fiscal Court to change it.

  • Cardfan is that all you got to gripe about is yard signs? If an owner wants to put up a sign then so be it. It's his property, not yours. It says alot when all one can do is pick at straws over petty crap like yard signs. Everybody running against your people cardfan are handpicked by Ted Collins (how absurd) but where were you four years ago when good ole Ted Collins was backing Melton? I didn't hear anything from you about ole Ted then. Matter of fact, I bet you were happy to have ole Ted on your side. You and Melton are sounding like scared puppies by whining about who all Ted is supporting and the rediculous claim by Melton that Banta is, and I quote "BOUGHT & PAID FOR BY TED COLLINS"

    Here's the deal cardfan, just because Ted was a friend of Melton didn't mean that he was gonna let Melton run roughshod in the sheriffs department with taxpayers money. Meltons feelings got hurt because Ted was doing the job that he was elected to do and that is watch over each departments budget and help keep frivolous spending down. Melton thought that Ted would turn a blind eye to his spending and allow him to waste the peoples money on his personal wants instead of what this county actually needs in a sheriffs department. Look at the huge increases Melton did get by whispering to magistrates behind Teds back and trashing him to no end to anybody that would listen. All this extra money still wasn't enough so what does Melton do? he proclaims that hes the only one that isn't scared to take on the drugs and that the other law enforcement agencies weren't doing their jobs! Now he is whining that all the other agencies are backing a fellow cop. What did you all think that they were going to do after getting slammed and trashed like that. If our sheriff wanted to focus on law enforcement like he did and surprised everybody by doing it (both state and city doesn't perticularly like a law enforcement sheriff for reasons that are going on now) then he should had told people that when he was running the first time. He would had never been elected if people had known and wouldn't had the big backing that he barely had. Let me tell ya'll something, Ted has always been Ted. Nothing has changed. He is still the same Ted that you all loved when he was in your alls corner. He was doing all the same things that you all are whining about now. Now that he is doing what any man would do when done like he was done by his old pal Melton. Whos fault is that. When you make your bed, you got to lie in it so it is wise to make it good. Not mess it up and then complain how bad it feels.

  • Anonymous_1304, (Jim Anderson Stivers, candidate for County Judge Executive) you continue to post about the goings on of the Sheriff's Office and the alleged wrong doings that others post are occurring there. An ounce of Heroin is 28 grams and a bindle is 1/10 of a gram of heroin or one "hit". This means an ounce of heroin is 280 hits. Now if those 280 hits are a"Hot" hit, cut with rat poison or something else it could kill many people like what happened in Lexington last year when 20 people died of Heroin over a 3 week period.

    Yet in your own race for County Judge Executive, one of your opponents is breaking a campaign ordinance concerning yard signs.  Quire started putting his signs out this past weekend. This is the hand picked candidate of current county Judge Executive Ted Collins, who after being in office for 30 some odd years, knows the campaign laws of Franklin County. So if the guy running for the highest Administrative office of the county is already breaking a county ordinance, what does the future portend? Stivers, you post all over the web on every blog imaginable, Page One Kentucky and many others yet it appears you don't care about what happens in the race YOU are running and trying to win. You think enough to spend your hard earned money to put ads in the paper but you don't care if an opponent is breaking county ordinances. Shame on you! 

     

  • @Legion

    You are killing me. (LOL) I no longer have anything to say after reading your post. You are taking most of my thoughts right out of my head. I do like this one though: "the elaborate drug ring", They classify this small drug bust as elaborate? How elaborate is it to go to Detroit, pick up drugs, bring them to Frankfort and sell them. Yep, that is really elaborate, I guess.

    Sounds like another business I can thinks of. Oh wait, selling cars (a mostly legal enterprise) is elaborate too.

  • Covering the "crime beat" is Kristina Belcher's job, but what it the point of reading articles like this one?  It's just all packaged messaging from the Sheriff and Prosecutor Cleveland's office anyway...copied off of the police blotter.  The State Journal prints their counter narrative (aka cover story) verbatim, no questions asked regardless of how illogical or hyperbolic it is...and this one is hyped to the max and hypocritical to boot.  They are cheereladers not investigative journalists!

  • anonymous_1304, March 17, 2014 4:21PM

    "Perhaps maybe an ounce.? ? ?  Smalll time bust,  given perception,to make it look like a historc bust." 

    Maybe an ounce of a drug that has far less toxicity and human health issues than alcohol or tobacco, and it was spread out over 9 people!  We produce alcohol around here by the railroad tank car and tobacco by the acre/warehouse full...this hypocrisy undercuts our moral position.  

    "*** this ego or election foolery???."

    You betcha!

    "And, OPERATION MOTOR CITY WAS GIVEN A NAME,  TO PERHAPS CLASSIFY IT AS A "REALY BIG DEAL."

    It's good to get the scum off the street however."

    So, I mean really with all of our social biases aside, what is the difference in getting THIS "scum" off the streets than the scum hawking their wares directly to our children through the mass media that are located in the offices of the local distilleries or Brown & Williamson tobacco?

    It's terribly sad that there are people commenting here that these legal drugs are not relevent. 

    Any dangerous and addictive drug dealer is relevent, especially if they are the people providing drugs to people which eventually destroy them...and that is exactly what the peddlers of alcohol and tobacco are doing.

    Shame on those who want to play politics on this issue.  Maybe those posting (capitalcitizen) are the drug abusers and users of alcohol and tobacco. Maybe those posting (capitalcitizen) are just too obtuse to see that it is totally illogical for those who are critical of these failed War on Some Drugs policies and are calling for decriminalization, are doing so because they are "dealers for these criminals."  Really, is that the way your mind works?

    Think about what you are saying...if these drugs are decriminalized and heavily regulated like alcohol where they are sold in licensed stores, then there will be no street level drug dealers because they will be put out of business.  Prohibition creates the criminal element.  Do you see any bootleggers around here?  Why not?  THIMK!  The reason that the average citizen would have anything negative to say about their elected govenment's failed and very expensive policies of any variety is that they waste our scarce resources...it is OUR money.  That's why!

    BTW, O'insightful one, what are my "other agendas"?  

     

  • It is such a small amount to be called a major pipeline. Any drug off the streets are good but these penny ante raids aren't gonna do it nore will mis-classifying the magnitude. Organized crime charges will be dismissed like 97% of the others that they charged with it. Lets go after the real killers while we are at it. The ones that are proven killers and has destroyed more families. The ones that do in fact harm or kill innocent bystanders. If people wants to buy whatever our grandstanding sheriffs says then so be it. Go vote for another four years of deception and increased costs to run an unneeded law enforcement agency. All those people supporting Banta are doing it for a reason and it isn't because of TED COLLINS.

  • It's terribly sad that there are people commenting here that these drug busts were not relevent.

    Any drug bust is relevent, especially if you're stopping the people providing drugs to people which eventually destroy them.

    Shame on those who want to play politics in this sheriff's race over drug busts and whether busting criminals (yes, that's the job of any law enforcement officer - to enforce the laws that are on the books).

    Maybe those posting are drug abusers and users; maybe those posting are backing a candidate for sheriff; maybe those posting are friends of these criminals or dealers for these criminals.  It doesn't seem logical that the "average law abiding citizen" would have anything negative to say about these drug busts.

    I've seen your other posts - I realize that you, who deride the drug busts, have other agendas when it comes to law enforcement in this city and county.

    But, I, for one, am thankful that our law enforcement officers are working so hard to get these criminals off our streets and limit the amount of drugs coming into Frankfort/Franklin County.

  • Perhaps maybe an ounce.? ? ?  Smalll time bust,  given perception,to make it look like a historc bust. 

    *** this ego or election foolery???.

    And, OPERATION MOTOR CITY WAS GIVEN A NAME,  TO PERHAPS CLASSIFY IT AS A "REALY BIG DEAL."

    It's good to get the scum off the street however.

  • Perhaps maybe an ounce.? ? ? 

    Smalll time bust,  given perception,to make it look like a historc bust. 

    *** this ego or election foolery???.

    And, OPERATION MOTOR CITY WAS GIVEN A NAME,  TO PERHAPS CLASSIFY IT AS A "REALY BIG DEAL."

    It's good to get the scum off the street however.

  • "The nine people named in the indictment are all charged with engaging in organized crime."

    "The FBI defines organized crime as any group having some manner of a formalized structure and whose primary objective is to obtain money through illegal activities. Such groups maintain their position through the use of actual or threatened violence, corrupt public officials, graft, or extortion, and generally have a significant impact on the people in their locales, region, or the country as a whole."

    "The Continuing Criminal Enterprise statute, or Title 21 of the United States Code, Section 848(c)(2), defines a criminal enterprise as any group of six or more people, where one of the six occupies a position of organizer, a supervisory position, or any other position of management with respect to the other five, and which generates substantial income or resources, and is engaged in a continuing series of violations of subchapters I and II of Chapter 13 of Title 21 of the United States Code."

    This case involved the distribution of less than an ounce of illict drugs and makes a mockery of the provision, "which generates substantial income or resources" in the above statute.  Charging these people as an organized crime syndicate is intellectually dishonest.  

  • Kristina: "Becker said Paul Jackson Jr. would travel to Detroit to obtain large quantities of heroin from his father, Paul Jackson Sr., which he would then bring to Franklin County to sell."

    Then how come with all of these arrests that the authorities never found, or purchased through CI's, a "large quantity of heroin"?  As I remember, the largest hauls were in the 9 gram range including a 2 gram baggie and altogether the amount was less than a single ounce (the weight of a CD). That makes this "Heroin Ring From Detroit to Frankfort _Operation Motor City" extremely small time, even by Mayberry standards.  Methinks that Kristina really should not just copy Becker's exaggerations verbatim.  Is the State Journal really serving the public's interest by printing these tales of grandiose exploits by the prosecutor's office?  I think not!  Prosecutors and Sheriffs are self-aggrandizing politicians who feather their own nest to make their conquests seem much more important than they really are for the next election.  Be a reporter, not a cheerleader.

    How many man hours/days/months did our Sheriff spend on breaking this penny ante drug "ring" and how much did it cost?  What good did it do?  Are we safer now that these misfits are going to jail on our dime and no longer selling it to each other?

    But much more importantly, where are all of you out there in newspaper forum land gonna get your herion that you had just decided that you were going to start using now that there were large quantities of the evil drug available?  Shucks, I guess that you will just have to keep using your bourbon and tobacco until this drug ring is replaced.