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Federal, State, County law enforcement make major drug bust in Daviess, Hancock

This is the area where federal agents arrested George James Wednesday morning. The property is located at Hwy. 1444 near Weber in Hancock County.


After months of investigation, the Owensboro Police Department along with other agencies made numerous arrest and search warrants, 6 of which were in Owensboro and 2 in Florida, on Wednesday, February 22, 2023. Several pounds of methamphetamine, fentanyl, cocaine, marijuana and multiple firearms were seized.

The prosecutor-led, multi-agency investigation was conducted by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) – an independent arm of the US Department of Justice (DOJ).

Operation Short Circuit resulted in 10 federal indictments. Charged with Conspiracy to Possess with the Intent to Distribute over 500 grams of Methamphetamine were: George James, of Hawesville; Willie Mosley, of Maryland; Charles Hudson, of Florida; Nicholas Stallings, of Georgia; and 6 individuals  from Owensboro – Chance Morton, Desmond Morton, Morgan Anderson, William Simmons, Johnny Albury and Ellis Parker.


A federal grand jury in Bowling Green returned a two-count indictment on February 15th, 2023. Twelve defendants were charged, 10 of those are listed above. The other two were Lindsay R. Harper and Brian Ray, of Philpot.

Lindsay R. Harper (39) and George James (52), are both Hawesville, Kentucky residents.

All 12 were charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine between July 2022 and February 14th, 2023.

 Initial court appearances before a US Magistrate Judge of the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky were held on Thursday, February 23rd, and all of Lyndsay R. Harper’s federal charges were dismissed.


The prosecutors of this case are Assistant US Attorneys Frank Dahl and Mark Yurchisin. If convicted, defendants will face a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years and a maximum sentence of life in prison. There is no parole in the federal system.

The announcement of the returned two-count indictment was made by Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)-Indianapolis Michael Gannon, US Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky and Acting Special Agent in Charge, Shane Catone of the DEA Chicago Field Division, along with Special Agent in Charge Jerry C. Templet, Jr. of the Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Special Agent in Charge Jodi Cohen of the FBI Louisville Field Office, Chief Art Ealum of the Owensboro Police Department, and Sheriff Brad Youngman of the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigating this case are: The DEA, FBI, HSI, Owensboro Police Department, Daviess County Sheriff’s Office and the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Owensboro-Daviess County Drug Task Force, with assistance of Kentucky State Police DESI-West, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police, the US Postal Inspection Service, Indian River County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office, US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia, US Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).

By Jennifer Wimmer


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