Court records show that Kentucky State Police detectives police had the Banks under surveillance for more than two years for suspected drug activity, including when they lived at 250 N. Third St. in Danville prior to moving to Lexington. The couple has since returned to Danville.
According to court records filed in trafficking case against Jimmy Banks, police had information that he traveled out of state to obtain large quantities of oxycodone and used his family, including a juvenile son, to assist in selling the pills.
On May 8, authorities used a confidential informant carrying marked money to buy oxycodone tablets from Banks at his home on Northridge Drive in Lexington. Undercover detectives monitoring the buy observed Banks, Regina Banks and their juvenile son outside the home when the informant arrived, court records state.
Jimmy Banks attorney, Sean Marcum, has declined to comment on the case. A large sign that was posted in Banks’ front yard on Third Street stated, “The only medication taken from my home was my prescription.”
In a separate case, Regina Banks was in the Boyle Circuit Courtroom on Tuesday, where her son, Robert D. Martin, was being arraigned on a charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. According to the indictment, Martin, 20, sold more than 10 oxycodone tablets in Boyle County on April 22. He pleaded not guilty and is being held in the Boyle County Detention Center under a $10,000 bond.
Martin also appeared in Boyle District Court on Wednesday, where he was scheduled to plead guilty to resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and alcohol intoxication charges stemming from a July 2 incident, but Judge Jeff Dotson assigned Martin a public defender and continued the case until September due to the felony trafficking charge in circuit court.
Last month, Martin pleaded guilty to possession of oxycodone and driving under the influence in January. He was scheduled to go into a diversion program instead of jail in a deal with prosecutors, but that arrangement would appear to be in jeopardy in light of Martin’s recent charges.