Eleven people accused in cocaine-pot scheme

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Eleven people stand indicted on a cocaine-marijuana distribution scheme, federal court records show.
Their indictment, dated Jan. 23 but just made public, claims their involvement from 2005 through 2012 across the Northern District of Mississippi.
Accused on various counts in the seven-count indictment, without ages or addresses, are Raymond McKinney, Jeremy Pettis Fondren, Billy McThune, Joseph Tyrone Barr, Kenneth Edward Scanlon, Randy Oneal Newsom, Shamus Gray, Shedlia Freeman, Marlos McKinney, Ronnie Brown and Quintin Terence Ford.
One name is blacked out, and the document numbering begins with 42 instead of the usual 1, which indicates other activity in the case is sealed.
A federal grand jury claims they conspired to distribute and possess powder cocaine and marijuana. Other charges include money laundering and unlawful possession of firearms.
It also claims that as part of the alleged conspiracy, McKinney, Freeman and Fondren and others were involved in illegal gambling. McKinney is accused of sending out betting lines on sporting events. Freeman is accused of collecting the winnings or paying out losses and maintaining a gambling bank balance.
Some of the defendants are accused of depositing the proceeds from drug transactions into a Wells Fargo Bank account or a Bank of America account to disguise the nature of their alleged enterprises.
Scanlon, as a convicted felon, is accused of possessing seven firearms for the furtherance of the alleged crime.
Fondren also is accused of possessing three firearms and of intentionally brandishing one during the alleged conspiracy.
Tuesday, Barr pleaded not guilty to two counts and his bond was set at $20,000. He posted $2,000 and was free on bond.
Scanlon was set free after posting $1,000 of his $10,000 bond after his initial appearance Tuesday.

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