News Release
August 23, 2007
Richard Isaacson
(313) 234-4000

Fourteen Owensboro Residents Indicted on
Federal Drug Related Charges

AUG 23 -- LOUISVILLE, KY - A federal grand jury in Louisville returned an indictment on August 22, 2007, against James Calhoun, age 28, of 1711 McConnel Avenue, Antoni Wimsatt, age 27, of 3005 Wandering Lane, Chance Morton, age 19, Dewayne Michael Hall, age 31, of 2532 West 8th Street, Jonathan Howard, age 28, of 1008 East 7th Street, Mario Palmer, age 21, of 816 Jackson Street, Desmond Morton, age 23, of 1301 East 9th Street, William Johnson, age 29, Montae Goodnight, age 19, of 2845 McFarland Avenue, Troy Anderson, age 44, of 2624 West 8th Street, Damien Thruston, age 25, and John Leak, age 26, of 913 West 7th Street, all in Owensboro, Kentucky, in Daviess County, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine, U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today.

U.S. Attorney Huber praised the work of the Owensboro Police Department for “their outstanding police work in this case,” and for their initiating and taking a leading role in this investigation. Huber continued by saying, “Since I have been U.S. Attorney, I can personally say I have never been disappointed in Chief John Kazlauskas and his Department.” Regarding the investigation leading to Thursday’s arrests, Huber said, “This case is a perfect example of local, state, and federal cooperation that takes a local drug gang off the streets.”

Also charged in the indictment, but not in the drug conspiracy, were Deanna Watson, age 25, of 714 East 5th Street, of Owensboro, Kentucky, who is charged with maintaining a premises for the purpose of manufacturing and distributing crack cocaine, and Jamie Payne, age 39, of 1581 Barclay Avenue, also of Owensboro, Kentucky, with accepting drug proceeds in exchange for providing vehicles to be used in drug transactions, a form of money laundering.

The Indictment alleges that from on or about and between September 2006, until on or about August 21, 2007, in Daviess County, Kentucky and elsewhere, James Calhoun, Antoni Wimsatt, Chance Morton, Michael Hall, Jonathan Howard, Mario Palmer, Desmond Morton, William Johnson, Montae Goodnight, Troy Anderson, Damien Thruston, and John Leak, conspired with each other to knowingly and intentionally possess with the intent to distribute 5 grams or more of crack cocaine. The indictment also alleges 22 separate substantive counts where quantities of crack cocaine were actually distributed.

Since sometime in 2006, law enforcement officers from the Owensboro Police Department, the Kentucky State Police, and the Drug Enforcement Administration have been conducting an investigation involving a group of drug traffickers, known as D-BLOCK, located in Owensboro, Kentucky. D-BLOCK, which stands for “Drug Block,” refers to a geographic area controlled by a loose knit street gang located in Owensboro between West 8th and 9th Streets and in the vicinity of Pennbrooke Avenue. According to an affidavit of a DEA Special Agent, multiple controlled drug buys were made from the defendants.

In the event of a conviction, the maximum potential penalties are 40 years imprisonment, a $2,000,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of at least 4 years; and the minimum potential penalties are 5 years imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel P. Kinnicutt, and it was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Owensboro Police Department, and the Kentucky State Police.

All of the defendants are scheduled to appear for arraignment before the United States Magistrate Judge on September 27, 2007, at 10:00 a.m., in Owensboro, 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.