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8 indicted on organized crime charges in connection with crystal meth ring

NC GAZETTE / WBRT RADIO
STAFF REPORT

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 11 p.m. — Eight Nelson County residents were indicted by a Nelson County grand jury Wednesday, March 1, 2017, on charges that include the allegation they engaged in organized crime when they “conspired and acted together for the purpose of trafficking crystal methamphetamine” in 1_indictmentBardstown and the Nelson County area.

According to a press release form the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force, the indictments follow a nine-month investigation into a local drug trafficking organization. The investigation began as the result of a search warrant executed at the residence of Timothy Yonts on Sept. 26, 2016. Aproximatelyh 10 ounces of crystal meth were seized in that raid. Yonts has also been indicted by a federal grand jury on drug trafficking charges related to the September search of his home.

Additional suspects are expected to be charged as this investigation continues.

The individuals indicted Wednesday for engaging in organized drug activity include:

Tina Bailey, 36, of Coxs Creek. Bond was set at $50,000 cash only, plus conditions.

Bailey was also indicted Wednesday for complicity to first-degree trafficking in controlled substances (less than 2 grams methamphetamine) and complicity to possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the indictment, on Aug. 24, 2016, Bailey, acting alone or in concert with Jose A. Coronada, sold less than 2 grams of methamphetamine to a confidential informant while in possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond for the additional charges was set at $9,500 cash only plus conditions.

Nicholas Ballard, 32, of Bardstown. Bond was set at $50,000 cash only, plus conditions.

Ballard was also indicted on charges of trafficking in controlled substances, first-degree (2 or more grams methamphetamine); possession of controlled substances, first-degree (methamphetamine); possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the indictment, on Aug. 26, 2016, Ballard allegedly was in possession of two or more grams methamphetamine with the intent to sell it, and in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Bond for the additional charges was set at $9,500 cash only, plus conditions.

Jose A. Coronada, 37, of Coxs Creek. Bond was set at $50,000 cash only, plus conditions.

Coronada was also indicted for complicity to first-degree trafficking in controlled substances (less than 2 grams methamphetamine) and complicity to possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the indictment, on Aug. 24, 2016, Coronada, acting alone or in concert with Tina Bailey, sold less than 2 grams of methamphetamine to a confidential informant while in possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond on the additional charges was set at $9,500 cash only plus conditions.

Dorcas F. St. Clair, 67, of Coxs Creek. Bond was set at $50,000 cash only, plus conditions.

St. Clair was also indicted for possession of controlled substances, first-degree (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the indictment, on Feb. 1, 2017, St. Clair was found in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Bond for the additional charges was set at $5,000 cash only, plus conditions.

Timothy L. Yonts, 47, of Bardstown. Yonts was also indicted by the grand jury on a charge of being a persistent felony offender, first-degree. Bond was set at $100,000 cash only, plus conditions.

Brandon S. Parrott, 19, of Bardstown. Bond was set at $50,000 cash only, plus conditions.

Javanna L. Reiter, 64, of Bardstown. Bond was set at $50,000 cash only, plus conditions.

Blair M. Zachery, 27, of Bardstown. Bond was set at $50,000 cash only, plus conditions.

Individuals with information are asked to contact the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force at (270) 769-0694. All callers can remain anonymous.

Editor’s Note: The indictment of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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