News Release
Date: July 23, 2010
Contact: Rich Isaacson
Number: (313) 234-4310

Louisville Couple Indicted For Conspiracy To Distribute Oxycodone

JUL 23 -- ( Louisville, KY) - United States Attorney David J. Hale of the Western District of Kentucky announced today that a federal grand jury in Louisville returned an indictment on July 21, 2010, against Ernesto Morales, age 42, and Natlie Hall, age 27, both of Louisville, Kentucky. They were each charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone.

The Indictment alleges that in the months of May and June of 2010, Morales and Hall conspired together to intentionally possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance.

In the event of a conviction, the defendant faces a potential penalty range of up to 20 years imprisonment, a fine up to $1,000,000.00, and supervised release for a period of at least 3 years up to life. There is no parole in the Federal Judicial system.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mac Shannon, and it was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Morales and Hall are scheduled to appear for arraignment before the United States Magistrate Judge on August 17, 2010, 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.