Final defendant pleads guilty in Scott-Perry cocaine ring

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LONDON, Ky. — The case of a pair of drug rings selling Mexican cocaine in Scott and Perry counties is all but wrapped up, with the last remaining defendant in the case entering a guilty plea yesterday.

Four people were indicted in the case back in March, with another four charged in a superseding indictment the following month. All eight were charged in a conspiracy that moved pound quantities of cocaine in Hazard and Georgetown.

The federal indictment alleges a drug ring operating in Georgetown imported cocaine from a Mexican source, which it then sold in Scott County. That same ring is accused of supplying cocaine to a second drug ring operating in Perry County.

As a result of the investigation, police seized hundreds of thousands of dollars from safe deposit boxes and home safes.

In August, four of the defendants entered guilty pleas. Last week, three more pleaded guilty. The final defendant pleaded guilty yesterday.

Those who have entered guilty please include, in chronological order:

  • Jordan Napier, 20, of Lenore, W.Va.; one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine
  • Lynlee Scott, 29, of Stamping Ground; one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine
  • John Paul Tucker, 40, of Combs; one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, four counts of money laundering
  • Jankie Jackson, 67, of Georgetown; one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering
  • Merrill Pelfrey, 66, of Hazard; one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine
  • Ira Napier, 50, of Combs; one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine
  • Tony Scott, 46, of Stamping Ground; one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine
  • Peter Combs, 53, of Combs; one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine

Jordan Napier, Lynlee Scott and Tucker are all scheduled to be sentenced next month. Jackson will be sentenced Jan. 2.

A federal district judge must still accept the guilty pleas from the remaining defendants. Sentencing for those four will be set if and when he does.