3 in ‘Memphis Crew’ plead guilty to drug allegations

Group trafficking cases have piled up for county

By Lindsey Erdody Published:

Three men connected to the drug organization known as “Memphis Crew” have pleaded guilty to various charges in Franklin Circuit Court.

Delvagio Lax, 27, Rodricus Johnson, 26, and Terrance Sharp, 26, were three of 14 people arrested in January for trafficking in controlled substances. They entered their pleas Friday.

About $60,000 and various amounts of controlled substances were seized from the 14 suspects. Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland says of those 14, only one or two cases remain open.

Cleveland said all the cases for another group known for running a Florida to Frankfort pill pipeline – including 24 people led by Neil Clark – are finished.

However, Cleveland said he is just starting on the cases for the 28 involved with the “Untouchables,” an alleged drug ring led by Jason Ware involved in a Florida to Frankfort pill pipeline.

Lax, of “Memphis Crew,” pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal facilitation to trafficking in a controlled substance.

Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate sentenced him to 12 months probation, with credit for the 90 days he spent in jail.

Johnson pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and two counts of second-degree persistent felony offender.

Cleveland recommended a sentence of three years each for the first two counts, enhanced to 10 years each by the third and fourth counts, to run concurrently. Cleveland took no position on probation.

Johnson will be sentenced at a later date.

Sharp pleaded guilty to first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree persistent felony offender.

Cleveland recommended a sentence of one year for the first count, enhanced to five years by the second count. He took no position on probation.

Sharp will be sentenced at a later date.

Also in court Friday:

nJovan Blackman, 24, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal trespassing, fourth-degree assault, second-degree terroristic threatening, and theft by unlawful taking in a case where Blackman entered someone’s house, pointed a handgun at the person and demanded money.

Blackman also pleaded guilty to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and fourth-degree assault for another case where Blackman struck someone with a handgun.

Cleveland recommended 12 months on each offense in the first case. In the second case, he recommended five years for the first count and 12 months for the second count. All sentences could run concurrently and Cleveland opposed probation in each case.

Blackman will be sentenced later.

nJeffrey Burrell, 33, pleaded guilty to assault under extreme emotional disturbance. Burrell stabbed a man in the chest in October on Bypass Plaza Drive.

Cleveland recommended a sentence of five years and opposes probation. He took no position on shock probation 90 days after his guilty plea. Burrell will be sentenced later.

nBryan Cox, 38, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary. Cox stole several checks in December from Jeffrey Simpson’s home. Cox attempted to cash checks for $500 and $100.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Zachary Becker is recommending a sentence of five years. He opposed initial probation, but took no position on shock probation.

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  • I was wondering how the "Untouchables" could be walking the streets after the taxpayers money and the officers time was so greatly used, but yet the Coy's who were charged with animal cruelty are STILL in custody. DO NOT GET ME WRONG, they SHOULD BE IN CUSTODY for what they did to those defenseless animals. BUT the "UNTOUCHABLES and THE MEMPHIS CREW" SHOULD BE IN THERE ALSO, for what they are doing to adults, young kids and ruining families!!!!! It is just like they are LAUGHING in the lawyers and judges faces!!!!!