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Eight arrested for engaging in organized crime

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By Kenny Colston

La Grange Police have arrested eight, including six La Grange residents, for numerous charges, including engaging in organized crime. All individuals charged are between 18 and 22 years old. The charges range from conspiracy to commit murder to gang recruitment and drug offenses.

La Grange Police Chief Kevin Collett said the eight arrested are associated with the Southside Crips, with two of those arrested being recruiters for the gang. Collett said he believes the two recruiters were based in Louisville, but they gave Shelbyville addresses.

Those arrested include, Thomas L. Wenz, 22, of Shelbyville, Roger D. Wilson, 19, of La Grange, Keaton T. Lee, 19, of La Grange, and Casey Endicott, 18, of Shelbyville and Felix A. Myers, 20, of La Grange, Donnie A. Lane, 22, of La Grange, Brandon L. Davis, 18, of La Grange, and Gabrielle L. Beach, 22, of La Grange.

During a three-week investigation that started with tips of drug activity on the 100 block of W. Madison Street, La Grange police uncovered more tips to possible gang activity and a plot to murder two people.

After investigating those tips, a joint effort of La Grange and Oldham County Police departments led to a search warrant being executed and the eight individuals being arrested at 3 a.m. Thursday morning. During the arrests, police said they found cocaine hidden in a pill bottle.

All eight individuals were taken to the Oldham County Jail on various charges.

Police are keeping the identities of the two potential murder victims confidential for multiple reasons, Collett said. Most importantly to police, he said, is to make sure all possible gang members are arrested before other incidents occur.

"We want to make sure all players involved are caught in the same net," he said.

Collett said those arrested had a concrete plan to stab two individuals to death and dispose of their bodies due to some drug activity dispute. He said if police determine the two potential victims have committed drug crimes, then police will proceed with an investigation on them.

"These individuals had a plan in place, it was not some veiled threat," Collett said.

Those arrested are acquainted with the potential victims, Collett said. The police chief also said that La Grange doesn't have an active gang community to his knowledge and thanked residents for tipping police off before anything could occur.

"(Gang activity) comes in spurts," Collett said. "Fortunately we don't have a large contention of gangs in our community."

So far, no court date has been set for any of the eight individuals arrested.

Below are the alleged crimes of those arrested:

Thomas L. Wenz, 22, of Shelbyville was charged with two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Murder, one count Criminal Gang Recruitment, one count of Engaging In Organized Crime- Criminal Syndicate, one count of Unlawful Transaction With A Minor, one count of Possession Of A Control Substance 1st - Cocaine, one count Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia.

Roger D. Wilson, 19, of La Grange, Keaton T. Lee, 19, of La Grange, and Casey Endicott, 18, of Shelbyville were all charged with two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Murder, one count Engaging In Organized crime- Criminal Syndicate, one count of Unlawful Transaction With A Minor, one count of Possession Of A Control Substance 1st – Cocaine, one count of Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia.

Felix A. Myers, 20, of La Grange, Donnie A. Lane, 22, of La Grange, Brandon L. Davis, 18, of La Grange, and Gabrielle L. Beach, 22, of La Grange, were all charged with one count of Engaging In Organized Crime-Criminal Syndicate, one count of Possession Of A Controlled Substance 1st –Cocaine, one count of Unlawful Transaction With A Minor, and one count of Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia.