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The Campbellsville man found with venomous snakes and alligators at his home now faces federal drug charges.
Freddie Stone Jr., 36, of 552 Mt. Carmel Church Road, along with Orvey Carl Harris, 32, of 715 Maple Road in Campbellsville, were indicted last week by a Bowling Green federal grand jury on charges of conspiring to illegally distribute OxyContin and hydrocodone.
According to a press release from the United States Attorney's Office, Stone and Harris are accused of conspiring together to distribute more than 900 OxyContin pills and more than 200 hydrocodone pills. The indictment also accuses Stone of intending to distribute the pills.
If convicted, Stone could be sentenced to as much as 70 years in prison, six years of supervised release and a $4.5 million fine. If convicted, Harris could be sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison, three years' supervised release and a $1 million fine.
The case against Stone and Harris is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Weiser. It was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
Stone and Harris are scheduled to appear for arraignment before a U.S. Magistrate Judge on Wednesday, June 18 at 10 a.m. in Bowling Green.
These aren't the only charges Stone and Harris face from a March 28 Fish and Wildlife search of Stone's Mt. Carmel Road home.
Stone and Harris, along with Stone's wife, Amy Rae Stone, 37, also of 552 Mt. Carmel Road, were indicted last month by a Taylor County grand jury.
The Stones were both charged with four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. Freddie Stone was charged with 10 counts of holding exotic wildlife, 15 counts of buying, selling or transporting protected wildlife and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.
If convicted, they could each be sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison.
In a separate indictment, Freddie Stone was charged, along with Harris, on charges of first- and second-degree selling a controlled substance.
Harris was also charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug supplies. Freddie Stone was also charged with being a first-degree persistent felony offender.
If convicted of those charges, Freddie Stone could be sentenced to as much as 15 years in prison and Harris could be sentenced to as much as 20.
The charge of being a persistent felony offender could increase any sentence Freddie Stone might receive in either of his cases.
According to a Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife press release, officers found six western diamondback rattlesnakes, a gaboon viper, a king cobra, a timber rattlesnake, an iguana, two monitor lizards, two alligators, a boa constrictor and a python during a search of the home.
Officers also seized a 2006 Dodge extended cab truck and found what appeared to be a controlled substance and about $10,000 in cash.
The press release states officers visited the home after receiving a tip about the dangerous species.
Freddie and Amy Stone are scheduled to appear in Taylor Circuit Court for pretrial hearings for their Taylor County charges on Aug. 5 and are slated to face a jury Sept. 22. Harris is scheduled to appear for arraignment Tuesday, June 17.