Two more plead guilty, third set to do so, in Pike-Magoffin drug conspiracy

John Wesley Wright, Lonnie Thacker Jr. and Ivory Lee Dean III John Wesley Wright, Lonnie Thacker Jr. and Ivory Lee Dean III
John Wesley Wright, Lonnie Thacker Jr. and Ivory Lee Dean III
John Wesley Wright, Lonnie Thacker Jr. and Ivory Lee Dean III

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — Two more people have entered guilty pleas to federal drug conspiracy charges, and a third is set to do so, leaving only one defendant still pending.

John Wesley Wright, 41, of Dorton, and Lonnie Thacker Jr., 43, of Shelbiana, each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute meth and heroin.

Meanwhile, Ivory Lee Dean III, 35, of Louisville, has requested that he be allowed to change his plea. A judge has granted that request, but no hearing has yet been set.

The three men join five others who have pleaded guilty in the case. They include:

  • Karen Spears, 45, of Pikeville
  • Lois Spears, 27, of Pikeville
  • Charles Doneghy, 32, of Louisville
  • Emilee Yonts, 34, of Ashcamp
  • Lauren Powell, 22, of Elkhorn City

The case involves a scheme to distribute more than a pound of meth and heroin in Pike and Magoffin counties in 2018.

That leaves Lonna Music, 28, of Auxier, as the only remaining defendant, but she has still not been arrested in the case.