An organized crime ring was broken up Wednesday following the indictments of eight people, all from Hopkinsville, according to an HPD news release.
Most of the eight people arrested are accused of trafficking in cocaine in addition to other crimes.
Hopkinsville’s Special Investigation Unit, working alongside Christian County Sheriff’s Department and the Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force, shut down the ring after warrants were issued by Christian County Circuit Judge Andrew Self following several months of investigation by the agencies, the release from HPD spokesman Paul Ray states.
According to the warrants, husband and wife Courtney Williams, 23, and Denisha Williams, 26, were arrested at their East 19th Street home and charged with first-degree trafficking in cocaine and engaging in organized crime. Courtney Williams was charged with five counts of trafficking and one count each of engaging in organized crime and being a persistent felony offender.
His wife, Denisha, is charged with trafficking in cocaine and engaging in organized crime.
Michael Demond Thomas, 30, was taken into custody on East First Street and charged with two counts of trafficking and one count each of engaging in organized crime, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also is accused of being a persistent felony offender.
Christopher White, 23, was arrested on West Seventh Street. He was charged with first-degree trafficking, engaging in organized crime and persistent felony offender.
Cortez Hairston, 35, was already in the Christian County Jail when he was served his warrant. Hairston faces charges of first-degree trafficking, engaging in organized crime and persistent felony offender.
All five are being held on $50,000 bonds.
Additionally, Deandre Grimes, 23, was picked up by police on Bryan Street and is accused of two counts of first-degree trafficking and endangering the welfare of a minor. Brian Davis, 37, was taken into custody on North Main Street, and he too was charged with first-degree trafficking, according to the news release.
Grimes is being held on a $15,000 bond while Davis’ bond was set at $5,000.
Cheryl Dannily Croft, 30, is charged with one count of theft of a controlled substance (less than $10,000), and nine counts each of first-degree unlawful access to a computer and criminal falsification of medical records. Her bond is $15,000.
The release didn’t say how police believe the people who were arrested are connected to each other or elaborate on the details of the alleged crime ring.