Seven Charged for Meth Trafficking in Owensboro Area

Seven people have been charged by a federal Grand Jury for dealing methamphetamine in and around Owensboro, Kentucky, according to United States Attorney Russell Coleman.

Posted: Sep 17, 2020 10:16 AM

 Attorney Russell Coleman says seven defendants have been charged by a federal Grand Jury for dealing methamphetamine in and around the Owensboro area.

James Frasier, 39, of Henderson Kentucky

Frazier has been charged with Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and Distribution of Methamphetamine. If convicted, the charge carries no less than a mandatory 10 years in federal prison.

According to the indictment, beginning as early as Sept. 23, 2019, and continuing through December 20, 2019, Frasier conspired with others to distribute meth.

Frasier also faces a charge of Distribution of Methamphetamine, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years. There is no parole in the federal system.

Christopher Raley, 31, of Owensboro, Kentucky

Raley has been charged in a separate federal indictment with two charges. He's charged with Possession With Intent to Distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, a charge that carries no less than five years imprisonment.

He's also charged with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, for his alleged possession of a Glock, model 19, 9-millimeter handgun and ammunition.

Raley was previously convicted of trafficking in methamphetamine in 2016 and receiving stolen property in 2015, both felonies. The charge carries a penalty of no more than 10 years if convicted.

Arthur J. Abbeduto, 26, of Whitesville, Kentucky

Abbeduto has been charged in a single count indictment.

The indictment says Abbeduto knowingly possessed with intent to distribute 500 or more grams of a mixture containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. 

The charge carries no less than 10 years in federal prison, if convicted.

Stephen Autry, 44, of Owensboro, Kentucky

Christina Ray, 35, of Owensboro, Kentucky

George Quarles, 45, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Autry, Ray, and Quarles are all charged in a single count indictment with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine.

According to the indictment, beginning on at least January 24, 2020, and continuing up to and through February 11, 2020, the three knowingly and intentionally conspired with one another and others to possess with intent to distribute and distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

If convicted, the charge carries no less than 10 years in federal prison.

David E. Brown, 43, of Henderson, Kentucky

Brown faces charges for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

According to the complaint, in a post-Miranda interview, Brown admitted to trafficking and distributing multiple pound quantities of methamphetamine for the last four years, approximately.

During a search, law enforcement seized numerous items, including a large amount of currency, a money counter, a drug ledger, two digital scales, a loaded .22 caliber Phoenix Arms brand handgun, approximately 10 grams of a substance that had a presumptive field test for cocaine, numerous bags believed to contain over 1,000 grams of marijuana, and a large bag containing pills presumed to be ecstasy.

Multiple partner agencies are involved in the investigations, including the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Owensboro Police Department, Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, Henderson Police Department, the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Drug Task Force, and the Kentucky State Police.

The indictment of a person by a Grand Jury or charge by federal criminal complaint are accusations only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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