Four Wellington heroin suspects could face preliminary hearings within two months

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said the four Wellington residents charged with distribution of heroin felonies last week could have fact-finding preliminary hearings set in two months — a process expedited by lab tests of the drugs in question before the arrests were made.Jeffery Redford, 34, of Wellington; Maggie A. Redford, 33, Wellington; William Sirmons, 49, Wellington and Billy Russell, 49, Wellington were all charged with at least one count of selling or distributing heroin, all felonies after an eight month Wellington Police Department investigation.Spencer said normally a preliminary hearing will not be called for at least three months in felony drug cases due to waiting on lab test results. But because the drugs distributed by the alleged perpetrators were already tested to be heroin, then the legal process can move forward more quickly. A preliminary hearing is set to determine whether there is enough admissible evidence to stand trail.“I am treating this as a case that it will eventually go to jury trial, as I do all cases,” Spencer said. “Whether it goes to a jury trial is up to their attorneys.”More details of the arrests were released in the public complaints filed in Sumner District Court.Jeffrey Redford•Jeffrey Redford is facing four counts of sale of heroin, a level 4 drug felony; one count of conspiracy to sell heroin, a level 4 drug felony; and one count of using a telephone to facilitate a drug sale, a level 8 felony.Jeff Redford is accused of selling heroin on Feb. 8, Feb. 20, March 1, and March 27.His bond was set at $50,000, twice that of the other suspects. According to the complaints Jeff Redford delivering two small balls of heroin rolled in aluminum foil to a confidential informant at his residence at 405 S. Olive with the quantity being less than 1.0 grams.Jeff is also accused of arranging the sale with Maggie Redford, who also resides at the same residence. The heroin balls were sold for $50 apiece, according to the complaint.Maggie Redford•Maggie Redford has two counts against her – conspiracy to distribute heroin, a level 3 drug felony; and the sale of heroin, a level 4 drug felony. According to the complaint she distributed less than one gram of heroin on March 1, 2013 and a small packet of heroin to a confidential informant at Jeff Redford’s instructions. She also is accused of having full knowledge of the four drug sales made by Jeff Redford.William Sirmons•William Sirmons is charged with distribution of heroin, use of communication facility to facilitate sale, sale of heroin within 1,000 feet of a school and conspiracy to distribute heroin within 1,000 feet of a school. Bond was set at $25,000 for the four felonies.Sirmons allegedly distributed less than one gram of heroin in two aluminum balls to a confidential informant at Billy Russell’s house at 616 N. Blaine in Wellington for $50 after using the telephone. On April 9, 2013, Sirmons is accused of distributing heroin in a foiled ball in the alley behind the Wellington Apple Market which is about 626 feet north of the Lincoln Elementary School with passenger Billy Russell.Billy Ray Russell•Billy Russell is charged with distributing morphine within 1,000 feet of a school building, a level 3 drug felony; using a telephone to facilitate a sale, selling heroin within 1,000 feet of a school building, and conspiracy to distribute heroin within 1,000 feet of the school — all felonies.According to the complaint, Russell sold three morphine capsules behind the Apple Market which is 626 feet from Lincoln Elementary for $45 after making the transaction on the telephone.Russell is also accused of selling a ball of heroin for $50. Sirmons is accused of driving the car and Russell delivering the drug for the exchange of money. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Report Reply 0 replies · active 377 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down MAD · 377 weeks ago So will Kerwin drop the hammer on them? I live in the same freaking neighborhood and I am not very happy knowing that this crap was going on. It’s nice to know that some pot head while they are high could run over some kid riding their bike. I’m glad something finally happened, I got tired of seeing them deal in broad daylight. Although I’m very glad the WPD caught them. Now let’s prosecute them! Report Reply 3 replies · active 377 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down notlla · 377 weeks ago Slap there hands ,and turn them lose.that`s the Wellington Sumner county way. Report Reply 0 replies · active 377 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Fed-up Granny · 377 weeks ago MAD, did you call 911 when you “saw them dealing in broad daylight”? Or did you just watch and do nothing? The WPD have to know that something is going on before they can go out and do anything about it. So unless you DID see what you say you saw, and unless you actually called 911, then you have no room to gripe, in my opinion. And, yes, OMG, there is a HUGE difference between a pothead and a heroin dealer. And just so you know, I do not condone drug use in any way, shape or form. Report Reply 0 replies · active 377 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 377 weeks ago Personally..Im sick of all the dang drugs in this town…too many dealers that have gone free and yet get picked up repeatedly….Im gonna start turning it in to higher up and see why they seem to get off of their charges, and then go use and sell again. This stuff is killing people and ruining our children….it has to stop…I don’t care if its pot, meth or heroine…it all needs to be charged the same….jail em for at least 2 yrs…to dry em out…then if they do it again…give em 10 yrs….just to keep our kids safe…. Report Reply 0 replies · active 377 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Old Lady · 377 weeks ago I agree………then lets get rid of all you drunks too! Report Reply 0 replies · active 377 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Azzeeez Ansari · 377 weeks ago coffee is worse for you than pot. Educate yourselves before bashing it. There is a massive difference between heroin and pot heroin can kill you pot cannot. If they would figure out how to tax it and regulate it you should be able to buy it just like you would a 12 pack of bud light. I am glad I moved from Wellington! It is nothing but a drama town with a police force who stick their nose in everybody’s business whether they are following the law or breaking it. I was pulled over once for having out of county tags and driving down the road at 5:00 AM. No headlight out no tag light out completely sober following the speed limit and not swerving and was harassed about what i was doing in town when I grew up there. Report Reply 0 replies · active 377 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Azzeeez Ansari · 377 weeks ago People shouldn’t have to hate the police but in Wellington I feel that probably 80% of people have a story about a cop being a prick or sticking their nose where it doesn’t belong. I support the police force but worry more about Meth and Heroin than some kid following the law leaving the doughnut shop getting doughnuts for his friends he is in town visiting. You make me not want to come back and I am sure I am not the only one who feels this way. How hard is it to spot a meth user. All you have to do is look at their warped face with bulging pupils and jittery stature. That is where you all of your burglaries and major crimes are coming from not some kid sitting on his couch eating cheetos giggling at some tv show causing absolutely nobody harm. Report Reply 0 replies · active 377 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Azzeeez Ansari · 377 weeks ago I would like to state that I do not smoke pot but I believe the positives tenfold outweigh the negatives. Generate revenue through taxation (sales tax of pot) and jobs or take a tax payer and throw him in jail and make people pay to house someone who can’t produce revenue to the community (being locked up) The creation of jobs can be directly correlated with the keynesian multiplier in economics. Heroin is a man-made chemical. Pot is a god-made plant. In conclusion to my near essay I would like to take this opportunity to say if you think pot and heroin are equal you my friend are an idiot and I would like to also thank the academy 😉 Report Reply 0 replies · active 377 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down JAY · 375 weeks ago Oh I’m sure all of you drink or have friends that drink and I don’t hear anything about you being worried about that. THAT is when people get ran over. Plenty of the upper echelon in this town have spouses that are fricken alcoholics, but because there isnt a stigma associated with alcohol, nobody cares. They are adults, live and let live. Stop trying to protect people from themselves and get rid of your holy attitude. If you really want to help, get these sick individuals treatment, arresting addicts and strict laws on users and user on user sales are proven to fail. Every individually reasearched study of drug policy that has been ran successfully shows that treatment, not enforcement, should be increased. Report Reply 0 replies · active 375 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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