UPDATE: Sentences Handed Out for Greenup County Drug Ring

By: Tim Irr, Olivia Fecteau Email
By: Tim Irr, Olivia Fecteau Email

UPDATE 2/21/13 @ 5:30 p.m.
GREENUP, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Six people involved with a family drug ring in Greenup County are now on probation after serving some time in jail, but they will have to pay up for their crimes.

The group pleaded guilty last month to felony drug charges for selling pills. Detectives say Edna Hay, 68, -- known as "Granny" -- was the ringleader of the bunch. She was sentenced Thursday to five years' supervised probation, along with Otis Carl Hay, 34, Tina Hay, 31, and Christina Emory, 31, all of Flatwoods, Ky. Their sentences could turn into 20 years in prison if they violate probation.

Jerry Devaney, 46, and Tammy Devaney, 44, also received similar sentences. A seventh member, Otis Elmo Hay, 72, hasn't yet been sentenced because the judge hasn't ruled on his mental state.

The group was also charged with engaging in organized crime, but prosecutors dropped that charge last month in exchange for guilty pleas.

Rather than giving up their home, as Kentucky law requires for drug crimes, the family has paid $15,000. Now, they have to pay back the jail for the cost of the time they spent there -- $30 per day, for a total of $7,000 to $8,000.

Melvin Leonhart, Greenup Commonwealth's Attorney, said the group will be an example of the consequences other pill mill operations can face.

"I don't think it's right that the good folks of Greenup County have to pay to keep these drug dealers in jail. I think they ought to have to pay for it themselves," Leonhart said. "And if they're not going to behave themselves, we'll put them back in jail."

The Greenup County Sheriff's Office and other agencies investigated the ring undercover for two months.

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UPDATE 1/9/13 @ 1:45 p.m.
GREENUP, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Several members of what authorities called a rural crime syndicate, run by a senior citizen, known as "Granny," have entered guilty pleas.

68-year-old Edna Hay, 43-year-old Otis Carl Hay, 31-year-old Tina Hay, all of Flatwoods, Ky., along with Christina Emory,31, of Flatwoods, were all in Greenup County Circuit Court for change of plea hearings Wednesday morning.

Each pleaded guilty to various drug charges. In exchange for the pleas, prosecutors dropped the charge of engaging in organized crime against each of the people. The four will be sentenced next month.

72-year-old Otis E. Hay, of Flatwoods, and Jerry Devaney, 46, of Flatwoods, Tammy Devaney, 44, of Flatwoods, were all indicted as part of the alleged drug ring. They are also expected to plead guilty to the charges against them. The Devaney’s are expected to enter their pleas on Thursday.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Otis E. Hay was ordered to have his mental status reviewed before he could enter a plea.

The charges against the eight people followed two months of undercover work and informant buys by the Greenup County Sheriff’s Office and a raid at two Turley Avenue homes in Flatwoods, Ky. in April.

“It's very scary," said Sheriff Keith Cooper. "It's all about the money, and they will do what it takes to protect their money and product.”

The lead detective says the ringleader, Edna Hay -- known as "Granny" -- was the boss of an organized criminal syndicate.

“This was structured, they have a system that was very organized,” said Detective David Bocook.

The bust included a rag-tag ledger and accounting system. Two of the family members were also charged with firearm possession by convicted felons.

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UPDATE 5/21/12
GREENUP, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Five people, including four members of one family, have been arrested and charged multiple drug crimes according to the Greenup County Sheriff.

Sheriff Keith Cooper says the arrests happened Friday night at neighboring residences on Hurley Avenue in Flatwoods. They were part of a joint multi-agency narcotics investigation that Greenup County Detectives, the Fade Drug Task Force and Kentucky State Police.

Cooper says Edna Hay, 68, of Flatwoods was charged with engaging in organized crime, six counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ottis E. Hay, 72 of Flatwoods faces one count of trafficking in a controlled substance.

Ottis Carl Hay, 43 of Flatwoods is charged with engaging in organized crime, two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, wanton endangerment, possession of a forged instrument and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Tina Hay, 31, of Flatwoods is charged with engaging in organized crime, trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of a forged instrument, wanton endangerment, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jerry Devaney, 46, of Flatwoods is charged with engaging in organized crime, two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

All five people are being held in the Greenup County Detention Center



UPDATE: 5/18/12 @ 11:53 p.m.
GREENUP, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Pillbillies will do anything for a dollar.

That's what police and prosecutors in Greenup County said last month when they shut down what they called a rural crime syndicate, run by an elderly mob boss known as "Granny".

But police say Granny and her crew got out of jail and back into business... until Friday night. This time, they hope to put a real stop to an operation charged with selling drugs and running guns.

Detective Dave Bocook readied the troops to go over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house. But this was not a social call. The Greenup County Sheriff's Department is all business on the trip. They plan to haul in Edna "Granny" Hay and several of her family members.

According to the grand jury, the family members are responsible for felony count after felony count of selling drugs. Several months of undercover work led detectives to the first bust last month.

The product, pills...protected by illegal guns...all surrounded by a load of cash...eventually attracted all this attention.

The Greenup County Sheriff's Department didn't want to take all the credit. Detective Bocook says Kentucky State Police and the FADE drug task force were in on the whole thing.

ORIGINAL STORY: 4/12/12
GREENUP, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Two questions we often ask after big drug busts: will it make a dent? And, will it cut crime in our neighborhoods?

One local sheriff says his deputies have taken so many pills off the streets -- the price of one oxycontin pill has gone up from $30 to $40.

So, what difference would Thursday morning's drug raid make?

Pills, money and guns are the fruits of the Greenup County Sheriff's labors. After two months of undercover work and informant buys -- the sheriff's team raided two Turley Avenue homes in Flatwoods, Ky.

Sheriff Keith Cooper says the seven drug trafficking and possession arrests were like Family Feud, as in meet the Hay family -- and the Devaney family.

The lead detective says the ringleader, Edna Hay -- known as "Granny" -- was the boss of an organized criminal syndicate.

This was structured, they have a system that was very organized,” said Detective David Bocook.

The bust included a rag-tag ledger and accounting system. Two of the family members were also charged with firearm possession by convicted felons.

“It's very scary," said Sheriff Cooper. "It's all about the money, and they will do what it takes to protect their money and product.”

One has to wonder if the previously unknown informants -- sent in for pill buys -- didn't raise any red flags with the suspected dealers.

The Sheriff tells WSAZ.com with most so-called "pillbillies" -- greed usually trumps caution.

“When somebody new comes in that you've never seen before, especially if it's some one who just got busted and brought that person in(I'm giving away secrets), most of us wouldn't trust that person," said Cooper. "But it's all about the money.”

In Family Feud they finish with the final "Fast Money round." Several felony drug and weapon arrests may put some of these family members on the fast track to prison.

With a drug team already covered on national TV and in newspapers around the country, Sheriff Cooper says National Geographic is starting a show on crime and pills. And one of the first episodes will feature the Greenup County Sheriff's Department.


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