Two more arrested in crime ring case

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By The Staff

Two more defendants have been arrested in a case involving 19 people accused of operating a crime ring to sell drugs in Taylor and surrounding counties.

According to a press release from the Campbellsville Police Department, the indictments came after an 18-month investigation.

Wendell Reynolds Jr., 26, and Bobbi Reynolds aka Bobbie Rutledge, 36, both of 2176 Coakley Road in Greensburg, are two of the 19 defendants accused of operating a criminal syndicate beginning June 27, 2007, and continuing through Jan. 7, 2009, in Taylor and surrounding counties and other states.

The indictments against the Reynoldses were recently unsealed by a Taylor Circuit Court judge.

Five indictments remain sealed and the defendants are still being sought by police. A grand jury may seal an indictment if there is a possibility that the accused will try to evade police.

The release states that the OxyContin Criminal Syndication Network was broken up by 2009 Kentucky State Police West Drug Enforcement, Kentucky State Police Drug Task Force, Kentucky State Police K-9, Campbellsville Area HIDTA Drug Task Force and Campbellsville Police Department on Monday, Feb. 9.

A Taylor County grand jury indicted the defendants on Tuesday, Feb. 3, though the indictments were sealed. All were charged with criminal syndication, a Class B felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Bond for the Reynoldses was set at $50,000 cash.

Campbellsville Police Detective David Tucker, Kentucky State Police and HIDTA Drug Task Force are continuing the investigation.

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