Eight Indicted in Federal Court on Drug Conspiracy Charges

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A federal grand jury in Bowling Green has indicted the following persons for conspiracy to distribute more than 1000 kilograms of marijuana:
Francisco Parra, age unknown, of Rio Pico, Arizona;
Troy D. Rich, age 34, of Bowling Green, Kentucky;
Carl Gene Jones, Jr., age 28, of Bowling Green, Kentucky;
Jacob Paul Miller, age 30, of Bowling Green, Kentucky;
Brian Scott Miller, age 30, of Oakland, Kentucky;
Michael Lee Perry, age 30, of Bowling Green, Kentucky;
Michael D. Rich, age 57, of Bowling Green, Kentucky;
and Jonathan Watkins, age 26, of Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The Indictment alleges that from June 2008 to February 2010, in Warren County, Kentucky and elsewhere, the defendants conspired to distribute more than 1000 kilograms of marijuana. The street value of marijuana is approximately $2,000 per kilogram.

The Indictment also charges in a separate count that Carl Gene Jones Jr., Troy D. Rich, and Michael D. Rich conspired to engage in money laundering of the proceeds from the marijuana distribution.

In the event of a conviction, the maximum potential penalties are life imprisonment, a $4,000,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of at least five years, and there is a mandatory minimum sentence of at least ten years.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Larry Fentress, and was investigated by the Bowling Green/Warren County Drug Task Force and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

The defendants are scheduled to appear for arraignment before the United States Magistrate Judge on November 17, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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