Eastern and Central Kentucky
Owsley County Flooded by Florida Pills
A federal grand jury has indicted two Florida residents, charging them as the suppliers of thousands of pain pills that flooded Owsley County earlier this year. The June 9 indictment charges Elisa H. Alston (aka Leva, aka Lewit) and George Darden with conspiracy to traffic in oxycodone 30 mg. tablets. They join five Owsley County residents who are alleged to have transported and paid for the pills. They are Marvin Reed, Jason Reed, Thomas Little, Kristi Rae Davis and Donald W. Terry.
Court documents allege that the Reeds funded the operation, and that Little, Davis and Terry were couriers.
The Owsley County residents were arrested in May after Georgia State Patrol officers stopped Little and Davis on their way back from Florida.
Both of them supplied information to DEA officials that led to the arrests of the Reeds at Little’s Owsley County residence on May 17.
According to an affidavit in the case file, Little called his supplier in Florida known as Lewit. She (Lewit) said that Donald Terry had called her and said that Little was working with federal law enforcement. He, however, convinced her that Terry was angry because he had not participated in the most recent deal.
On May 20, Terry was arrested, and agreed to cooperate. He said that he had made seven to eight trips to get pills from a black female he knew as “Leva.” He said that each trip was for 2,000 to 3,000 oxycodone 30 mg. pills. Two of those trips, he said, had been with Little and Davis.
The affidavit shows that the DEA searched public information databases and found that the cell phone used by Lewit or Leva was associated with a person named Giles Benjamin Ambrose Gilbert of Mirimar, FL. A further search found a possible relative named Elisha H. Gilbert, also known as Elisa H. Alston.
Agents showed her driver’s license photo to Terry who identified her as Leva.
During late May, Little and Alston talked on the telephone several times. The calls were recorded by agents. She inquired as to when he was going to make another trip. He said he had back problems, and wanted to know if he could send his son, “Travis.” He also said that he wanted “5” meaning 5,000 oxycodone and “2 to 3” (2,000 to 3,000) xanax. She said she could do that.
Travis was the undercover name for Special Agent Jerel Hughes.
On June 1, Hughes set up a meeting with Alston at a Wal-Mart parking lot in Miami Gardens, FL. Before the 4 p. m. meeting, Alston told Hughes that she was bringing her supplier with her.
When the two arrived, Hughes (acting as Travis) entered their vehicle and was shown the bag of bills by George Darden. Hughes then went to his vehicle, and DEA personnel approached the vehicle and identified themselves.
The affidavit says that Alston then attempted to flee in her vehicle, and rammed at least one law enforcement vehicle.
The two were arrested and Alston said that Darden was her supplier. She also said that He had obtained the pills from a woman in the Little Havana community of Miami.
Each of the seven now charged face up to 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine and three years of supervised release. That is if they have no felony drug convictions. If they do have such a history, they face up to 30 years, a $2 million fine and six years of supervision.