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Grand jury issues indictments on drug offenses

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE -- The following individuals have been charged with drug-related offenses by the Bullitt County Grand Jury:

*Robert W. Bailey -- charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance.

According to the indictment, Bailey allegedly had chemicals or equipment needed to manufacture methamphetamine.

This is a Class B felony, punishable by 10-20 years in prison.

He is also charged with possession of methamphetamine on March 28, 2013. This is a Class D felony.

The Bullitt County Sheriff's Office investigated the case.

*William E. Morris -- charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence.

The indictment alleges that on Feb. 26, 2013, he attempted to traffick oxycodone and then tried to destroy evidence.

The most serious offense is a Class C felony punishable by 5-10 years in prison.

Officer Rocco Besednjak of the Shepherdsville Police Department investigated the case.

*Jamestres Maddox -- charged with trafficking in a controlled substance.

The information alleges that on May 4, 2013, Maddox tried to sell cocaine to an undercover officer.

This is a Class C felony punishable by 5-10 years in prison.

The Bullitt County Sheriff's Office investigated.

*George S. Stout -- charged with possession of a controlled substance.

The indictment alleges that on March 1, 2013, Stout had heroin in his possession. This is a Class D felony punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

Besednjak investigated the case.

*James B. Hall -- charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

The indictment alleges that on March 2, 2013, Hall had methadone and hydrocodone in his possession with the intent to traffick them.

The most serious offense is a Class D felony punishable by 1-5 years.

Besednjak investigated the case.

*David J. Thurman -- charged with trafficking in a controlled substance.

According to the indictment, Thurman allegedly had opana in his possession with the intent to sell on March 5, 2013

The Bullitt County Sheriff's Office investigated the Class D felony.

*David J. Thurman and Amanda Haiby -- charged with complicity to traffick in a controlled substance and complicity to possession of a controlled substance.

The indictment alleges that on Dec. 6, 2011, the pair had Vicodin which they were attempting to sell. They also allegedly had oxymorphone in their possession.

Both are Class D felonies investigated by the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office.

*Amanda J. Haiby -- charged with trafficking in a controlled substance.

According to the indictment, Haiby tried to sell opana to an informant on March 6, 2012. This was investigated by the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office.

*Charles J. Bottoms -- charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

The indictment alleges that on March 19, 2013, Bottoms had methamphetamine and oxycodone in his possession.

The Bullitt County Sheriff's Office investigated.

*James J.Bryant -- charged with possession of a controlled substance.

The indictment  alleges that on March 24, 2013, Bryant had heroin in his possession, a Class D felony.

The Bullitt County Sheriff's Office investigated.

*Joseph D. Lance -- charged with tampering with physical evidence.

According to the indictment, Lance was attempting to destroy evidence on Feb. 22, 2013, that could have been part of a drug-related offense. This is a Class D felony, which was investigated by the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office.

*Charles K.Tatum -- charged with unlawful possession of ephedrine-based products and being a persistent felony offender.

The indictment alleges that on Aug. 9, 2012, Tatum had an ephedrine-based product within five years of being convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine, which is a Class D felony.

The penalty could be enhanced due to a prior felony conviction.

The Bullitt County Drug Task Force investigated this case.

*Ricky A. Rednour -- charged with cultivation of more than five marijuana plants.

The indictment alleges that on June 22, 2012, Rednour had more than five marijuana plants being grown.

This is a Class D felony that was investigated by the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office.

*William H.Ellis III -- charged with possession of a controlled substance.

The indictment alleges that on April 27, 2012, Ellis had heroin in his possession.

This was investigated by Jeremy Schmidt of the Shepherdsville Police Department.

*Alyssa R. Bottoms -- charged with possession of a controlled substance.

The indictment  alleges that on March 9, 2013,she had oxycodone in her possession, a class D felony.

Scott Creason  of the Hillview Police Department  investigated.

*Tara E. Wiggins and Edward N. Howlett Jr. -- charged with complicity  to possession of a controlled substance.

The indictment alleges that on Feb. 19, 2013, they had methamphetamine and heroin in their possession.

Creason was the investigating officer.

*Christy M. Deshazo -- charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

According to the indictment, she had methamphetamine and hydrocodone in her possession on March 21, 2013.

Shepherdsville  officer Darren Patchin investigated the case.

*Jake Wimmer -- charged with tampering with physical evidence.

According to the indictment, Wimmer attempted to  destroy evidence in a drug case on April 18, 2013.

The Bullitt County Sheriff's Office investigated the case.

An indictment does not mean guilt or innocence. Instead, it means that at least nine of the 12 grand jurors felt there was enough evidence to move forward with a criminal trial.