Trevino trial begins Monday

November 02, 2003|PHIL PENDLETON

LANCASTER - The last of 25 defendants charged in a major drug trafficking ring that stretched from Texas to Kentucky will face trial Monday in U.S. District Court in Lexington. Jury selection is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.

Carlos Trevino, of Edinburgh, Texas, is alleged to have been the "middle man" who supplied drugs to Larry Gene Thompson Sr., of Brodhead. Thompson Sr., 48, is a former Mount Vernon police officer who was sentenced Sept. 5 to 14 years in prison for his role in heading up the drug ring.

Trevino is the only defendant in the Thompson case to face trial. The remaining 24 entered pleas, and most have been sentenced.

Many of the defendants were arrested Oct. 17, 2002, when the Drug Enforcement Administration announced the takedown of a major drug trafficking group after a 15-month investigation.


Trevino fled to Mexico after learning of the warrant for his arrest, according to a U.S. Marshal's office representative. He was arrested May 20 in Floydada, Texas, and transported to Kentucky on May 30, according to the Marshal's office in Lexington.

"He's charged with conspiracy to distribute five kilograms of cocaine, money laundering, transporting money across state lines and using the phone to commit felony drug offenses," said assistant U.S. Attorney Ron Walker.

Walker said he expects the trial to last three to four days.

A number of area residents were involved in the drug ring. Ralph Gerkey, of Stanford, was sentenced to 36 months in prison; George Moore, of Hustonville, was given a two-year sentence; Ralph T. Brock, of Lancaster, was given a 24-year sentence; Nicky Thompson, of Stanford, also of Lexington and Rockcastle County, was sentenced to 18 months; Joshua McClure, 21, of McKinney, was given a four-year sentence; and Robert "Bobby" Durham, 54, of Stanford was sentenced to five years.

Others charged in the drug conspiracy include William T. Dyehouse, of Stanford; Nathaniel L. Pope, 21, of Danville; Raul Romo, 32, of Stanford; and Greg Davis, of Waynesburg.

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