A Pikeville man was indicted last week by a Pike grand jury for his alleged involvement in two separate methamphetamine-trafficking cases.

Pike Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Bartley said the two indictments, naming Lorenzo Huffman, 64, of Mt. Martha Drive, Pikeville, on charges including trafficking in methamphetamine, should bring “relief from the terror” which Huffman has brought to his neighborhood.

“For several years, the (Pikeville Police Department) has dealt with criminal activity coming in and out of (Huffman’s) home. Hopefully with these two indictments, we can give him the attention he seems to be craving and give the people in that neighborhood some relief from the terror he has created,” Bartley said.

According to Bartley, police have stopped impaired individuals and individuals in possession of controlled substances leaving the home and each stated they had received their drugs from Huffman.

On Dec. 1, 2017, police executed a search warrant at the residence, locating evidence of drug trafficking, including an amount of a substance believed to be methamphetamine, as well as a firearm which had been entered as stolen out of Indiana.

“That case was delayed because we had to get the lab reports back on the meth in the case,” Bartley said. “After we got the lab reports in, we had not presented the case (to the grand jury) due to scheduling problems.”

When Huffman was arrested on July 18, after a search warrant was executed at his residence and evidence of drug trafficking including another amount of suspected methamphetamine was found, Bartley said it reminded his office to “go back and look at his earlier case.”

For the December arrest, Huffman was indicted on charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, being a persistent felony offender in the second degree, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and receiving stolen property. He was additionally indicted on charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and being a persistent felony offender in the second degree for the July arrest.

Huffman’s PFO charges stem from his conviction on charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance for which he was ordered to serve five years in prison in 2012.

Bartley said the firearm found in the case highlights the increasingly dangerous nature of drug trafficking and those involved.

“The area that he lives in is a neighborhood with people living very close by and they have been very fearful for several years because of what has gone on in that home,” Bartley said. “What we see with a lot of the drug traffickers is, not only are they trafficking in the drug, but they are also armed. The combination of those two things is like gasoline and matches — bad things happen.”

Others indicted by the most recent Pike grand jury included;

• Aaron Lewis, 25, of Jackson Branch, Elkhorn City, on a felony charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Jordan Ramsey, 22, of Combs Drive, Pikeville, on a felony charge of first-degree fleeing or evading police and misdemeanor charges of third-degree escape and theft.

• Delilah Horn, 60, of Inez, on three felony counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

• Brian K. Allen, 45, of Kendrick Fork, Pikeville, on a felony charge of theft.

• Reta K. Gooch, 60, of Jennys Fork, Pikeville, on three felony counts of third-degree assault and a misdemeanor charge of DUI.

• Jesse U. Thacker, 38, of Thacker Bottom, Pikeville, on felony charges of tampering with physical evidence and being a persistent felony offender in the second degree.

• Beverly L. Ward, 39, of South Mayo Trail, Pikeville, on felony charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence.

• Cortnee Coleman, 29, of Marrowbone Creek Road, Rockhouse, on felony charges of first-degree promoting contraband and first-degree possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and third-degree possession of a controlled substance.

• Nathan Worrix, 32, of South Mayo Trail, Pikeville, on a felony charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor charges of third-degree possession of a controlled substance and public intoxication.

• William Cummins, 51, of Ratliffs Creek Road, Pikeville, on a felony charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor charge of third-degree possession of a controlled substance.

• Crystal Runyon, 37, of 5th Street, South Williamson, on a felony charge of theft.

• Shawn Maynard, 32, Sandra Anderson, 37, and Matthew Edmonds, 33, all of Pikeville, and Ashley Muncy, aka Ashley Caudill, 24, of Beaver, on felony charges of third-degree burglary and first-degree criminal mischief. Anderson was additionally indicted on a charge of third-degree arson and Edmonds was additionally indicted as being a persistent felony offender in the first degree.

Others indicted on misdemeanor charges by the most recent Pike grand jury included;

• Shawn A. Hamilton, 31, of Shop Branch Road, Stanville, on a misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property.

• Tonya Amburgey, 36, of Evergreen Avenue, Harold, on a misdemeanor charge of fraudulent use of a credit card.

• Mark Devin Laney, 25, of Cullman, Alabama, on misdemeanor charges of first-degree criminal attempt at possession of a controlled substance, criminal attempt at tampering with physical evidence and having a prescription controlled substance not in proper container.

Editor’s Note: An indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

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