Man receives 11-year sentence for meth distribution

The man who has admitted to being the source of supply in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Knox, Laurel, Madison and Rockcastle counties has been sentenced to eleven years, three months in federal prison.

Jorge Carrillo, aka Jorge Artechi, was one of 17 defendants named in the indictment returned in August 2015.

Carillo later admitted in court that he would bring kilogram quantities of methamphetamine to Kentucky from Minnesota, delivering it personally to other members of the conspiracy to resell.

According to Carrillo’s plea agreement, he did this on at least three occasions, Dec. 31, 2014, Feb. 12, 2015, and Feb. 21, 2015.

On Feb. 12, 2015, law enforcement seized approximately 2 kilograms of methamphetamine from one of the co-conspirators. Carrillo admitted in the plea agreement that he had supplied this meth.

Carrillo was facing 10 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $10 million.

In addition to the prison term, Carrillo agreed to forfeit $152,272 that U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Agents seized during the investigation, along with six firearms.

Ten of Carrillo’s co-defendants are still awaiting sentencing for their part in the conspiracy.

Nine defendants, Paul Dean Gibson, Bobby Ray Howard, Leonard Gregory Fields, Danny V. Mason, James Daren Sturgill, Andre Taylor, Delano Jermaine Reeder, Mike Sturgill and Carol Michelle Myers, were named in the original indictment returned April. 23, 2015 in U.S. District Court in London.

According to the indictment, between August 2014 and April 2015 the defendants conspired to distribute 500 grams or more of a substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine and a quantity of pills containing Oxycodone.

On June 25, 2015, a superseding indictment was returned adding Juan Resendiz-Mendez, Carrillo, Marco Antonio Acosta-Orozco, Matthew C. Carey, Gary Griffin and Troy Rice as defendants.

In August 2015, a second superseding indictment was returned, alleging that Gibson, Howard, Fields and Yates conspired to distribute 100 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of heroin in Knox, Rockcastle and Madison counties.

Carrillo pleaded guilty to his part in the conspiracy on May 4.