News Release
Date: July 17, 2009
Contact: Rich Isaacson
Number: (313) 234-4310

Earlington, Kentucky Drug Dealers Plead Guilty
- Godby and Stone admit to conspiracy to possess crack cocaine with intent to distribute

JUL 17 -- PADUCAH, KY - Acting U.S. Attorney Candace G. Hill of the Western District of Kentucky announced today that Wanda Murphy Godby, age 44, and Lorandus Stone, Jr., age 46, both of Earlington, Kentucky, pled guilty on July 15, 2009, to charges of conspiracy with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Stone pled guilty to charges of conspiracy to possess crack cocaine with intent to distribute, two counts of possession with intent to distribute and crack cocaine, and one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin. Stone also admitted that he possessed two firearms while being a convicted felon. In addition, Godby pled guilty to the charges of conspiracy to possess crack cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute.

Stone pled guilty to all seven counts in the indictment issued on May 13, 2008, which included four drug trafficking charges involving cocaine, crack cocaine, and heroin. Specifically, Stone admitted that on March 13, 2008, Special Agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office made a purchase of 23.3 grams of crack cocaine from him and Godby. On March 27, 2008, federal agents executed a search warrant at the residence of Godby, in which Stone admitted he resided. The search yielded 76 grams of powder cocaine, 6.4 grams of heroin, 3 grams of crack, and 2 grams of marijuana.

Stone admitted in his plea agreement, that during the search of the home, DEA agents found his wallet, along with two handguns, digital scales with drug residue, in the same room where Stone was sleeping. Lab results showed Stone’s finger prints on digital scales in the same purse as the guns. Stone admitted that he possessed the two handguns, and that he was a convicted felon.

At sentencing, the maximum potential penalties for Stone are life imprisonment, a $6,250,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of at least 8 years. Godby faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years and up to 40 years’ imprisonment, and a fine of up to $2,000,000.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Michele Thielhorn and Joshua Judd, and it was investigated by the DEA and the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office.

Stone and Godby are scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Thomas Russell, on October 15, 2009, in Paducah, Kentucky.