Superseding Indictment Filed Against Marshall County Iron Horsemen For Marijuana And Firearms Offenses
OCT 17 -- LOUISVILLE, KY - A federal grand jury in Louisville returned a Superseding Indictment against Stanley Todd Phillips, age 36, of 3468 Old Olive Road, Benton, Kentucky, in Marshall County, and Ed Wiggins, age 38, of 1285 Phelps Road, Benton, Kentucky, in Marshall County, on charges of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine (Wiggins only), possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearms by unlawful users of marijuana, U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today.
Count 1 of the Superseding Indictment charges that between December 2003 and December 8, 2005, Phillips and Wiggins conspired to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Count 2 charges that on or about September 10, 2005, Wiggins knowingly and intentionally possessed with intent to distribute and distributed 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Count 3 charges that on December 5, 2005, Wiggins knowingly and intentionally possessed with intent to distribute marijuana. Count 4 charges that on December 5, 2005, Wiggins possessed a Kimber .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Count 5 charges that on December 8, 2005, Wiggins, an unlawful user of marijuana, possessed a Kimber .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol, a Ruger .22 caliber pistol, and a Browning .22 caliber rifle. Count 6 charges that on December 8, 2005, in Marshall County, Phillips possessed marijuana with intent to distribute. Count 7 charges that on December 8, 2005, Phillips possessed a Remington 20 gauge shotgun and an H & R .22 caliber revolver in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Count 8 charges that Phillips, an unlawful user of marijuana, on December 8, 2005 possessed the same firearms.
Marijuana has a street value of approximately $100-150 per ounce. Methamphetamine has a street value of approximately $1,000 per ounce.
The Superseding Indictment also seeks forfeiture of any property obtained with the proceeds of drug trafficking and any property used in any manner to engage in drug trafficking or to facilitate the commission of any such crime, including but not limited to the firearms described above, approximately $20,000 in United States currency seized during the investigation, and any real property owned by the defendants that was used as the site of any drug transaction or was acquired with drug proceeds.
In the event of a conviction, the maximum potential penalties are life imprisonment, a $4,750,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of any number of years the Court may impose; and the mandatory minimum penalties are fifteen years imprisonment and supervised release for a period of at least five years.
Phillips and Wiggins were previously charged, along with several other members or associates of the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club, with conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. Two of the defendants in that case, Gary Lee York and Dean Keith Hamblin, have already pleaded guilty and been sentenced to imprisonment for ten years, in the case of York, and five years in the case of Hamblin. Two other defendants, David Lee Richerson and Keely Champion, have pleaded guilty to lesser related charges. Richerson received a sentence of 21 months imprisonment after his plea of guilty to misprision of felony. Champion also pleaded guilty to misprision of felony and is scheduled to be sentenced on October 23, 2007, in Louisville. Derl Sebastian Hawk and Eddie G. Whitlow have entered guilty pleas but have not yet been sentenced.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Larry Fentress, and were investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Kentucky State Police.
Phillips and Wiggins are scheduled to appear for arraignment before the United States Magistrate Judge on November 20, 2007, at 9:30 a.m., in Louisville, Kentucky.
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The indictment of a person by a Grand Jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.