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Update: Five Ashland residents charged in drug trafficking/organized crime ring

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Published: Sep. 13, 2016 at 11:23 PM EDT
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UPDATE 9/14/16 @ 9:30 p.m.

BOYD/GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Pilots at a local airport said the news of an organized crime ring, including private flights trafficking drugs from as far away as Mexico, came as quite a shock.

Five people from the Ashland area have been arrested on engaging in organized crime, along with drug charges.

Boyd County Sheriff's deputies say the investigation, which has involved the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, tracked the suspects traveling from Mexico to Texas to Arkansas and back to Kentucky with as much as 800 pounds of marijuana. It was allegedly being flown into the airport in Greenup County, Kentucky. Deputies also say “large scale amounts of prescription medication” also were flown into the airport.

Deputies seized hundreds of prescription medications, numerous vehicles, planes, houses, a large amount of marijuana packaged into kilo bricks and more than $100,000 cash.

John Stine owns a plane at Ashland Regional Airport in Greenup County where deputies say the crime ring activity occurred. Stine is a flight instructor and has his commercial pilot’s license.

“Well, naturally everybody here was shocked because who would expect it?" Stine said Wednesday. "You know, we’re a quiet, small airport. Everybody knows everybody, the pilots that fly in here are regulars, so we never expected anything like this.”


UPDATE 9/14/16 @ 12:30 p.m.

BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – The wife of a man already under arrest in an organized crime ring has turned herself in.

Rhonda Robertson, the wife of Wayne Robertson, turned herself into authorities Wednesday afternoon.

She is being charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and engaging in organized crime.

Her bond is set at $50,000.

Robertson is being booked in the Boyd County Jail.


ORIGINAL STORY 9/14/16

BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – Three Ashland men and a woman were arrested Tuesday, and more arrests are expected in a drug trafficking/organized crime ring that’s been investigated for nearly a year and involved drugs being flown in from as far away as Mexico, the Boyd County Sheriff’s Department reports.

Wayne A. Robertson, 51, also known as “Bubby Wayne,” of Ashland, was charged with engaging in organized crime. Frederick W. Jackson, 56, and Edward O. Edwards, 50, both of Ashland, also are charged with engaging in organized crime. Chrystal G. Jackson, 36, of Ashland, faces a similar charge. The four also face drug charges, including trafficking in marijuana, and all were taken to the Boyd County Jail.

Active warrants are wanted for at least two other people.

Deputies say the investigation, which has involved the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, tracked the suspects traveling from Mexico to Texas to Arkansas and back to Kentucky with as much as 800 pounds of marijuana. It was allegedly being flown into the airport in Greenup County, Kentucky. Deputies also say “large scale amounts of prescription medication” also were flown into the airport.

Deputies seized hundreds of prescription medications, numerous vehicles, planes, houses, a large amount of marijuana packaged into kilo bricks and more than $100,000 cash.