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Indictments issued on drug-related allegations

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE – The following individuals were recently indicted for felony charges by the Bullitt County Grand Jury:

*April Hoover — charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, tampering with physical evidence and trafficking in a controlled substance.

According to the indictment, Hoover had methamphetamine on Nov. 6, 2016, with the intent to traffick. She also had a handgun in her possession.

She was also charged with trying to destroy or tamper with the evidence.

In a separate indictment, she was charged with possession of a controlled substance for having methamphetamine in her possession on Jan. 2, 2017.

The most serious of the offenses is a Class A felony, which is punishable by 20 years to life in prison.

Hillview officer Elliott Clark and members of the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Drug Task Force investigated the separate indictments.

*Johnathon W. Ernspiker — charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, trafficking in a controlled substance and being a persistent felony offender.

According to the indictment, Ernspiker was picked up on Jan. 2, 2017, while in possession of methamphetamine, which was going to be sold.

At the time of the arrest, Ernspiker also had a handgun even though he was a convicted felon.

The most serious offense is a Class B felony, which is punishable by 10-20 years in prison.

However, with three prior felony convictions, any new sentence could be enhanced.

*Mark A. Benningfield — charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and trafficking in a controlled substance.

The indictment alleges that on Oct. 26, 2016, Benningfield had counterfeit currency in his possession.

He also had methamphetamine in his possession with the intent to sell.

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

Hillview officer Kyle McAllister investigated the case.

*Christian Jefferies and Travis A. Hayes — charged with complicity to trafficking in a controlled substance.

According to the indictment, the two individuals had methamphetamine in their possession on Nov. 19, 2016, with the intent to sell.

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

The Bullitt County Sheriff’s Drug Task Force investigated. 

*Mark T. Jennings — trafficking in a controlled substance and being a persistent felony offender.

The indictment alleges that on Oct. 14, 2016, Jennings had methamphetamine in his possession.

The Class D felony is punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

However, with a number of prior felony convictions, any new sentence could be enhanced.

Hillview officer Scott Creason investigated.

*Cynthia M. Cahill — charged with possession of a controlled substance.

The indictment alleges that on Oct. 12, 2016, Cahill had methamphetamine in her possession.

This is a Class D felony which is punishable by 1-3 years in prison.

Creason investigated the case.

*Nigeria Judkins — charged with criminal possession of a forged prescription.

The indictment alleges that on June 13, 2016, Judkins had a prescription which was forged.

This is a Class D felony, which is punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

Shepherdsville officer Josh McMillen investigated.

 *Harlan S. Fisher — charged with possession of a controlled substance.

According to the indictment, Fisher had methamphetamine in his possession on July 11, 2016.

This is a Class D felony that is punishable by 1-3 years in prison.

McMillen was the investigating officer.

*Stacy Jo Wethington — charged with possession of a controlled substance.

On Nov. 18, 2016, she allegedly had methamphetamine in her possession.

The Class D felony is punishable by 1-3 years in prison.

The Sheriff’s Drug Task Force investigated the case.

*Tamara Drake — charged with possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence.

The indictment alleges on Sept. 25, 2016, Drake had methamphetamine in her possession.

She also tried to tamper with the evidence.

Both are Class D felonies with the most serious carrying a prison sentence of 1-5 years.

McAllister investigated the case.

*Joseph R. Wyssbrod — charged with possession of a controlled substance.

The indictment alleges that on July 6, 2016, Wyssbrod had methamphetamine in his possession.

This is a Class D felony that carries a prison term of 1-3 years.

Hillview officer Elliott Clark investigated.

*Jennifer M. Seum — charged with possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence.

According to the indictment, Seum had methamphetamine in her possession on Nov. 7, 2016. She was also charged with trying to destroy evidence.

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

Clark investigated.

*Brandie R. Wilburn — charged with possession of a controlled substance.

The indictment alleges that on Sept. 24, 2016, Wilburn had methamphetamine in her possession.

This is a Class D felony that is punishable by 1-3 years in prison.

Clark was the investigating officer.

*Sean M. Fletcher and Jon A. Harrigan — charged with complicity to possession of a controlled substance.

The indictment alleges that on Oct. 26, 2016, the men had heroin in their possession.

This is a Class D felony with a prison sentence of 1-3 years.

Clark investigated the case.

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