Graves County Grand Jury returns indictments against 5 accused of engaging in organized crime

GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. (KBSI) – A Graves County Grand Jury returned indictments against five men accused of engaging in organized crime.

The five suspects are accused of being involved in a supply chain of Fentanyl that made its way into Graves County in early October. As a result of this identified supply chain, one man died from Fentanyl poisoning and another person overdosed but survived after being hospitalized, according to the Graves County Sheriff’s Office.

A comprehensive investigation in early October included undercover drug purchases from several suspects in Hickman and Carlisle counties. Authorites executed of a search warrant around midnight on October 05 at a home in Bardwell, where approximately 900 Fentanyl pills were seized among other drug related items including firearms.

The Grand Jury returned the following charges by way of these indictments:

Jones, Taylor D. Jones, 31, of Graves County, Ky faces charges of trafficking in Fentanyl, persistent felony offender 1st degree and engaging in organized crime.

Reggie L. Martin, 58, of Clinton, Ky. faces a charge of engaging in organized crime.

Daniel A. Lutgendorf, 67 of Bardwell faces a charge of engaging in organized crime.

Thomas B. Jenkins, 65, of Bardwell faces a charge of engaging in organized crime.

Ivory C. Parker, 45, of Bardwell faces charges of engaging in organized crime.

The engaging in organized crime is a Class B felony which carries a penalty of 10 to 20 years.

The investigation began in Graves County after the deadly overdose of one man, and a woman who also overdosed and was hospitalized.

A preliminary investigation led sheriff’s detectives to believe that the substance was fentanyl.

Graves County sheriff’s detectives arrested Taylor D. Jones, 31, of Mayfield on Monday, October 3 around 4 a.m. He faces a charge of trafficking in the 1st degree controlled substance. He will also be facing additional charges in Carlisle County for trafficking in a 1st degree controlled substance, according to the Graves County Sheriff’s Office. Jones has previous convictions for possession of meth, promoting contraband and other charges. He was on felony probation.

In an effort to track the source of supply of the deadly drug, undercover drug purchases were made in both Hickman and Carlisle counties. Some of those purchases used undercover sheriff’s detectives, according to the sheriff’s office.

During the weeklong investigation, five people were identified as being responsible for counterfeit Oxycontin 30mg pills containing fentanyl that were sold and making its way into communities in the Purchase Area of western Kentucky, including Graves, Hickman and Carlisle counties.

On Tuesday October 4, an undercover drug purchase was made from 58-year-old Reggie L. Martin of Clinton Ky, from a home located within the city limits of Clinton, according to the Graves County Sheriff’s Office.

He was arrested shortly thereafter after selling several dosage units of Oxycodone, according to the sheriff’s office.

Later that night, undercover drug purchases were made from two Bardwell Kentucky men, according to the Graves County Sheriff’s Office.

Daniel A. Lutgendorf, 67, of Bardwell faces two counts of trafficking in a 1st degree controlled substance and one count of conspiracy.

Thomas B. Jenkins, 65, of Bardwell, Ky. faces a charge of trafficking in a 1st degree controlled substance. Jenkins has several drug convictions including cultivating marijuana for sale, trafficking in a controlled substance with 1000 yards of a school, and trafficking in a controlled substance more than 10 dosage units.

Both men were involved in the sale and transfer of the same pill that investigators believe caused an overdose death in Graves County, according to the Graves County Sheriff’s Office.

Around midnight and during the early morning hours of Wednesday, October 5, a search warrant was obtained and served by Carlisle County Sheriff Will Gilbert and deputies, Hickman County Sheriff Ben Natividad, Graves County Sheriff Jon Hayden and detectives, at a home belonging to 45-year-old Ivory Christopher Parker. This home also located within the city limits of Bardwell.

During that search, investigators found a large stash of the counterfeit pill that is believed to contain fentanyl, and sold as being a Oxycodone 30mg, according to the sheriff’s office.

More than 900 counterfeit pills were seized including dosage units of Oxycodone, marijuana, hashish, a handgun and other firearms. The street value of these pills was $45 per pill which would have a total street value of more than $40,000.

A preliminary field test was positive for the presence of Fentanyl.

The resident, Ivory Parker, was not there.

Jones, Taylor D. Jones, 31, of Mayfield, Ky. faces charges of trafficking in a 1st degree controlled substance. He will also be facing additional charges in Carlisle County for trafficking in a 1st degree controlled substance, according to the Graves County Sheriff’s Office. Jones has previous convictions for possession of meth, promoting contraband and other charges and was currently on felony probation.

Reggie L. Martin, 58, of Clinton, Ky. faces charges of trafficking in a 1st degree Controlled Substance in Hickman County and faces additional trafficking charges in Carlisle County. Martin has previous convictions for possession of cocaine, trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in a 1st degree controlled substances, and others.

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