New pill pipeline alleged from Detroit

Three men indicted for trafficking

By Lindsey Erdody Published:

There’s a new pill pipeline allegedly bringing drugs from Detroit to Frankfort.

On Wednesday, three men were indicted by a Franklin County grand jury for trafficking in pills including oxycodone, Xanax and hydrocodone.

Jason Cook, 28, of Frankfort, was charged with two counts of first-degree trafficking in less than 10 doses of oxycodone, first-degree trafficking in more than 10 doses of oxycodone, third-degree trafficking in Xanax, possession of marijuana and buying or possessing drug paraphernalia.

Lonnell Boyd, 36, of Detroit, was charged with first-degree trafficking in a more than 10 doses of oxycodone, third-degree trafficking in Xanax and second-degree trafficking in hydrocodone.

Brandon Wright, 23, of Detroit, was charged with first-degree trafficking in heroin.

“These guys are coming down here from Detroit basically on day trips,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland said. “They start making phone calls and sell their inventory in about a day and then hop the bus back to Detroit or drive back to Detroit.”

Cleveland said these short-term trips are becoming common for selling drugs in Frankfort. He said traffickers will stay with someone they know in Frankfort or find an abandoned apartment and leave once they’re out of drugs.

“That’s what these three cases basically involve,” Cleveland said.

In other indictments Wednesday:

>Herman May, 41, of Frankfort, for second-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, second-degree fleeing or evading police, possession of marijuana and alcohol intoxication.

May was caught leaving the scene of a burglary with scissors, a flashlight, a bandana over his face and socks on his hands, Cleveland said.

In 2002, after 13 years in prison for a rape conviction, a DNA analysis found him to be innocent and he was released.

Since then, he has been charged with receiving stolen property in 2003 and for entering property owned by someone else by breaking a window in 2011.

>A man awaiting sentencing for trafficking pills from Florida to Frankfort is now being charged with theft by unlawful taking. Thomas Nichols, 25, currently lodged in Franklin County Jail, stole a boat trailer and tried to sell it for scrap metal, Cleveland said.

“The guy at the recycling center recognized the boat trailer because it belonged to a friend of his,” Cleveland said.

The employee took Nichols’ information and reported it.

Cleveland said Nichols admitted to stealing it and trying to sell it, claiming he needed money for his drug problem.

Nicholas is included in Neil Clark’s group that has been accused of trafficking pills from Florida to Frankfort.

>Scott Johnson, 70, of Frankfort, was indicted for two counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and use of a social network by a sex offender.

Johnson is a previously convicted sex offender from Peoria, Ill. During a routine check of registered sex offenders, Franklin County sheriff’s deputies found a computer in his house.

They asked Johnson if he had Facebook on it, and he told them he did, Cleveland said.

“Well, it’s against the law for a sex offender to have access to a social network,” Cleveland said.

Deputies seized his computer and found photos and videos of child pornography on it.

>Adam Freeman, 30, of Frankfort, was indicted for second-degree criminal possession of forged instrument and second-degree persistent felony offender.

Freeman stole a checkbook from a woman and wrote and cashed checks totaling $1,525, Cleveland said.

Freeman has previously been convicted of assault under extreme emotional disturbance.

>Chad Whitson, 42, of Frankfort, was indicted for first-degree burglary and fourth-degree domestic assault.

After Whitson and his girlfriend broke up, he caught her with another man, George White, Cleveland said.

“So he goes to George White’s house, banging on the door and breaking in and demanding to know where his woman was,” Cleveland said.

Whitson threatened White with a hunting knife and choked his ex-girlfriend before fleeing the scene, Cleveland said.

>Candice Birkhead, 20, and Christian Fowler, 19, both of Frankfort, were indicted for second-degree burglary.

The Frankfort Police Department responded to a burglary report and officers were directed to Birkhead and Fowler’s home where they found a stolen TV.

>Christopher Baker, 28, was indicted for second-degree burglary and second-degree persistent felony offender.

Baker went into a house and stole 30 to 40 pieces of jewelry and a few other things, Cleveland said.

A man working in the backyard on a garage saw Baker and took note of his green Toyota Camry that had one door that wasn’t the same color as the rest.

When the homeowner returned and reported the burglary, the police were called and Baker was found trying to sell the jewelry at a pawnshop.

He has previously been convicted of second-degree robbery and second-degree burglary in Fayette Circuit Court in 2002.

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  • 1713, why don't you provide the links you are always talking about. I am unable to find any. Thanks

  • I am saying that anybody who wants these pills can buy them on-line...don't take my word for it, Google it. I am saying that there is a huge difference in stopping speeders, burglars and murderers and trying to stop at great expense someone from altering their state of consciousness with these pills. I am saying that there is a chasm of hypocrisy and inconsistency here, where the prescribed morality allows for massive corporate owned distilleries in our town to pump out millions of gallons of bourbon (used for exactly the same purpose) which is taxed and readily available to adults at numerous public establishments for a few dollars. I am saying that the same goes for tobacco products. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ I am saying that we have already learned with our very expensive experiment with prohibition that we cannot stop people from altering their state of consciousness with alcohol (which is much more destructive on the body, soul and society), so we stopped trying. I am saying that the reasons why alcohol and tobacco are not made illegal are more complex than merely the loss of taxes paid on them, even though no other drug comes close to accounting for the carnage of these two. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ A quick review of the facts reveal: According to the CDC, an estimated 45.3 million people, or 19.3% of all adults (aged 18 years or older), in the United States smoke cigarettes. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, accounting for approximately 443,000 deaths, or 1 of every 5 deaths, in the United States each year. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ Fifty percent of the adults in America are current regular drinkers, 39% of the kids ages 12-17 have had at least one drink in their lifetimes and 63% of full time college students reportedly used alcohol in the past month. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ According to the CDC, there are approximately 79,000 deaths attributable to excessive alcohol use each year in the United States. This makes excessive alcohol use the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death for the nation. In the single year 2005, there were more than 1.6 million hospitalizations and more than 4 million emergency room visits for alcohol-related conditions. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ As can be seen, the carnage of these two drugs is astounding, but what would making them illegal do? First of all, as much as the private prison industrial complex would love it, we could not build enough prisons to hold all of the violators. It would literally choke our legal system to the point of non-functioning. You just can't put everybody in jail for doing things that may or may not be good for them. Nor should you even try. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ Then there would be a violent black market organized crime syndicate develop to fill the void in the supply that would make anything in Mexico or Columbia look tame. The biggest problems that we have with the current prohibition of some drugs in this country stem from them being illegal, not from health impacts. The cure is worse than the disease. Adding tobacco and alcohol to this prohibition would be futile and add to the insanity of the current Drug War. But the Drug War is already insane by definition...and very expensive...know what I am saying?

  • I've been talking about this pipeline for years. I'm glad to see attention put to it now. By the way, this isn't even the tip of the iceburg. This one is in my opinion, worse than the Florida pipeline. I hope that the legal side pounds this one dry !

  • Well, there's no stopping speeders, burglars or murderers either, but we HAVE to try, right? Are you saying we should stop trying?

  • Dumb bunnies...anyone with a computer and a credit card can buy these pills on the internet at wholesale prices. There is no stopping this no matter how much money we waste on trying...when will we ever learn?