The Miami-Beattyville Connection

Aug 3, 2011

The federal probe into drug trafficking from Florida to Owsley County expanded last week when eight more people were indicted. Molik Ali Alston, 41 of Miami Gardens, Fla., Josh Terry, 25 of Beattyville, Tony Gibson, 22, Cameron Herald, 31, Jesse Herald, 58, Jimmy Miller, 35, Phyllis Reed, 65, and John White, 21, all of Booneville were indicted Thursday, July 28, for allegedly conspiring “with each other and others to knowingly and intentionally distribute a quantity of pills containing oxycodone.”

The alleged offense occurred between August 2010 and July 7, 2011, according to the indictment filed in U. S. District Court in London.

The eight join Marvin Reed, 33, Jason Reed, 37, Kirsti Davis, 24, Thomas Little 49, and Donald Terry, 46, all of Booneville and Elisa Alston, 40, and George Darden, 45, of Miami Gardens, Fla. who were indicted in late May and early June.

According to court documents, the Floridians supplied thousands of pills to the Owsley Countians over the period.

Kirsti Davis, Thomas Little and Donald Terry are alleged to have traveled to south Florida, where they would meet Elisa Alston. Pills and money were exchanged, and the drugs would then be transported back to Owsley County.

Marvin Reed and Jason Reed are alleged to have supplied thousands of dollars for the pills.

Affidavits from Drug Enforcement Agency agents have described the transactions, and the ultimate arrests of the first seven.

Such affidavits accompany complaints, but no complaints against the new eight defendants are in the court files. Their alleged involvement is not described.

Each defendant faces up to 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine and three years of supervised release. If they have any felony drug convictions, they could get 30 years, a $2 million fine and six years of supervised release.

Their trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 26 in London.