Lynchburg, Va. (WRIC) – Two men were convicted last week of distributing large amounts of cocaine in Lynchburg, part of a 25-person conspiracy that stretched from Charlotte, North Carolina, in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Ricky Donnell Abner and Charay Lamont Trent were the last members of the conspiracy convicted after most of the conspirators pleaded guilty to various drug charges.
Both Abner and Trent are affiliated with Jermel Storey, the leader of a distribution group that uses a courier network to transport illicit cocaine and marijuana between sources in Charlotte and customers in Lynchburg.
“They injected hundreds of kilograms of drugs into our community in Virginia,” U.S. Attorney Christopher Kavanaugh said after announcing the verdict Sept. 2. According to WSET.
They could face up to 30 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute, distribute a controlled substance and possess a firearm to facilitate drug trafficking, Kavanaugh said.
According to court documents Storey checked as part of his earlier guilty plea, he was a major supplier to the other defendants, “dealing” them with cocaine and then collecting money after they were sold.
“In some instances, co-conspirator #1 traveled to Charlotte, NC to purchase cocaine from STOREY,” the document states. “In other cases, STORY sends couriers to deliver cocaine.”
Trent seems to be Lynchburg’s dealer. He faces five cocaine distribution charges, one intentional possession charge and one firearms charge.
Meanwhile, Abner was first identified as a marijuana courier by a drug cartel member who personally delivered several pounds of marijuana to witnesses on Storey’s behalf.
In October 2020, DEA agents ordered their informants to purchase cocaine in bulk directly from Storey. In November, the informant met Storey in Charlotte, and after the case was concluded, officers tracked Storey to a house north of town.
In January, officers searched the home and found Abner, the apparent owner, with six guns and a kilogram of cocaine inside.
Abner told officers at the time that he met Storey in 2019, when Storey “gave” him a pound of cocaine. He said the cocaine was stolen from him, so Abner started stockpiling cocaine for Storey.
Abner chose to appear in court, but not Storey, who testified in Storey’s plea agreement that Abner would accompany him to pick up a shipment of cocaine that another courier had picked up from a supplier in Texas. . In these biweekly transactions, Abner will act as Storey’s driver.
Abner had a previous conviction for trafficking cocaine and spent more than a year in prison. Trent, on the other hand, is a low-level dealer for Storey and has no record of criminal proceedings.