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Four Wellington heroin suspects could face preliminary hearings within two months

Heroin distributor suspects

by 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

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

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

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 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.

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