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Eight charged in crime ring

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By Calen McKinney

Four Campbellsville residents have been charged with operating a crime ring in indictments unsealed Tuesday by a Taylor Circuit Court judge.

A grand jury may seal an indictment if there is a possibility that the accused will try to evade police.

Indicted were:

- Jeffrey Gurley, 22, of 816 N. Columbia Ave.

- Duane L. Thompson, 23, of 132 Ray Court.

- Claude B. Huckaby, 56, also of 132 Ray Court.

- Abraham Gurley, 21, of 370 Ray Court.

Charges against four additional co-defendants are still sealed, according to court records from the Taylor Circuit Clerk's office.

The Gurleys, Thompson and Huckaby were all charged with being part of a criminal syndicate from July 1 to Aug. 28, which, according to the indictment, was formed to distribute controlled substances.

The indictment states that other people who have not been indicted may have been involved in the crimes.

The charge is a Class B felony, punishable by as much as 20 years in prison.

The Gurleys and Huckaby were also charged with the use and investment of drug-related income gained from the sale of controlled substances.

Jeffrey Gurley was also charged with being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Bond for Jeffrey Gurley was set at $60,000 cash. If convicted, he could be sentenced to as much as 25 years in prison. The charge of being a persistent felony offender could increase any sentence he might receive.

Bond for Huckaby and Abraham Gurley was set at $30,000 cash. If convicted, they could each be sentenced to as much as 25 years in prison.

Bond for Thompson was set at $20,000 cash. If convicted, he could be sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison.

Campbellsville Police Officer Shannon Wilson investigated.

 

Other indictments unsealed on Tuesday:

- Shawn D. Smith, 35, of 296 Roland St., William Dalton Steward, 18, of 414 Pitman Ave., both in Campbellsville, and Jordon W. Milby, 18, of 108 Hillview Terrace, Apt. 3, in Greensburg were indicted on a charge of first-degree criminal possession of counterfeit money.

Bond for each defendant was set at $1,000 cash. If convicted, they could each be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison.

- In a separate indictment, Milby was charged with five additional counts of first-degree criminal possession of counterfeit money.

Bond in that case was set at $3,000 cash. If convicted on those charges, Milby could be sentenced to as much as 50 years in prison.

- In another separate indictment, Smith was also charged with two additional counts of first-degree criminal possession of counterfeit money.

Bond in that case was set at $2,000 cash. If convicted of those charges, Smith could be sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison.

Campbellsville Police Detective Sgt. Patricia Thompson investigated.

- An indictment is a legal accusation only. It does not establish guilt.

- Staff Writer Calen McKinney can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 235 or by e-mail at reporter@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.