Fifteen men have been charged in federal court with the distribution of meth.
According to a news release from U.S. Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft, the 15 men allegedly participated in a drug trafficking ring in Mount Vernon from June 2018 to September 2019.
The men charged are: David D. Hunt, 28, of Dayton, Ohio; Trevon M. Taylor, 35, of Mount Vernon; Dedrick R. Bell, 41, of Bluford; Chalar L. Taylor, 25, of Mount Vernon; Major J. Monroe, 45, of Marion; Carlos D. Knox, 48, of Mount Vernon; Korey B. Alexander, 35, of Centralia; Myron T. Seigart, 32, of Mount Vernon; Brandon N. Barnett, 35, of Bloomington, Indiana; Jhytrenton C. Ladd, 27, of Mount Vernon; Keith Peoples, Jr., 33, of Mount Vernon; Nathaniel Nesbit, Jr., 34, of Mount Vernon; Terry M. Turner, 39, of Mount Vernon; Cortez E. Davis, 40, of Mount Vernon; and Terwin L. Morgan, 38, of Mount Vernon.
The release said the grand jury indictment was handed down Oct. 24, accusing the men of engaging in a conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in Jefferson County. According to the news release, all 15 defendants face 10 years to life imprisonment, up to a $10 million fine and supervised release of not less than five years.
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According to the release, Hunt and Bell are also charged separately with knowingly and intentionally possessing with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of meth on various dates, while Knox is accused of distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine on one occasion in February.
The release also states that on separate occasions during the time frame given in the conspiracy, Monroe and Turner each knowingly distributed 5 grams or more of meth.
Weinhoeft’s release also said that the additional charges against Hunt, Bell, and Knox are each punishable by 10 years to life imprisonment, up to a $10 million fine, and supervised release of not less than five years. For their individual counts, Monroe and Turner both face five to 40 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $5 million, and supervised release of not less than four years.