LEXINGTON - The last defendant among 25 charged in a major drug trafficking ring avoided a jury trial Monday when he entered a last minute guilty plea. Carlos Trevino, of Edinburgh Texas, entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Karl Forester in federal court in Lexington.
Trevino was charged with conspiracy to distribute five kilograms of cocaine, money laundering, transporting money across state lines, using a telephone to commit felony drug offenses, and being an illegal alien in the United States.
He was alleged to have been the "middle man" who supplied drugs to former Mount Vernon police officer Larry Gene Thompson, Sr. Investigators said that Thompson Sr., 48, of Brodhead was the leader in the drug ring. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Sept. 5. Many of those involved in the ring were residents of Boyle, Garrard and Lincoln counties.
According to the federal indictment, Trevino's offenses occurred between Jan. 1997 and Nov. 2002.