UPDATE 5/31/12 @ 10:15 a.m.
CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Four people who were part of a large prescription drug ring that distributed thousands of pills in Ashland, Ky., pleaded guilty to their charges.
Darnell Desman Butler, 27, Christina Mayhone, 25, and Charlie Nicole Angell, 25, all of Ashland, Ky., pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. Leonard Eugene Vaughn, 41, of Lexington, pleaded guilty to attempt to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone.
According to court documents, Angell worked under the direction of 38-year-old Richard Allen Young of Florida. Young distributed pills or used other co-defendants such as Angell to sell pills in Boyd County. Angell acknowledged she was responsible for distributing 10,000 Oxycodone pills.
Angell also admitted she directed Mayhone and Butler to sell pills. In October of 2011, a confidential informant bought pills from Butler and Mayhone in Ashland. Butler admitted to distributing approximately 4,200 pills and Mayhone distributed approximately 500 pills in the Ashland area according to her plea agreement.
Vaughn arranged for the purchase of 1,300 Oxycodone pills for $16,000 from a confidential informant in Nicholasville, Ky. Vaughn drove Butler to Nicholasville to make the transaction but authorities arrested them shortly after they arrived.
Last week, Young and Hammond J. Coleman, 32, of Lexington pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges. Young previously admitted he possessed or distributed approximately 45,000 pills over the course of the conspiracy which started in November of 2008. He forfeited $250,000 in drug proceeds and four vehicles he purchased during
"There are 21 people off the street we don't have to worry about dealing drugs and a significant amount of pills that aren't going to make it to the street now that they're in jail," Sgt. Robert Donta said.
Donta says Rick Young is believed to be the main supplier from Fort Myers, Florida. He was arrested Thursday in Lexington.
Donta says Young was bringing in 720,000 pills a year for distribution in the Ashland area. He says that's worth about $21.6 million.
The sergeant says arrests they've made in this drug ring in the past have led to evidence that's helped lead to the latest batch of indictments.
"They all know each other,” he said. “They were all involved in it."
According to a news release from the Boyd County Sheriff’s Department, the most recent indictments in the investigation also included Charlie Angell, Darnell Butler, Rico Tillman, all three of Nervie Street in Ashland, Hammond Coleman of Belmont Street in Ashland and Fort Myers, and Christina Mayhone of 10th Avenue in Huntington.
According to the release, Charlie Angell and Darnell Butler received about 240,000 Oxycodone pills a year at an estimated street value of $7 million.