Organized crime, gang investigation nets 8 arrests in La Grange


by Joe Arnold

Posted on October 10, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 20 at 5:20 PM

LA GRANGE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Eight young adults, ages 18 to 22-years-old, are facing organized crime and drug charges after an investigation into gang activity led to arrests overnight in La Grange.  Four of them are also charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Though La Grange police declined to share details of the murder plot alleged in the police reports, an arrest citation said  "several anonymous and criminal informants identified" the four suspects "had planned to murder and dispose of two bodies."

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"We hopefully stepped in, in enough time to potentially prevent harm, serious injury or even death of an individual or individuals," La Grange Police Chief Kevin Collett said.  He said none of the eight arrested have extensive criminal histories.

These four are now charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Casey Endicott, 18, of Shelbyville, Ky.
Keaton T. Lee, 19, of La Grange, Ky.
Thomas L. Wenz, 22, of Shelbyville, Ky.
Roger D. Wilson, 19, of La Grange, Ky.

Wenz is also charged with one count Criminal Gang Recruitment.  Arrest reports allege the eight are all tied to "a Crip gang."

All eight are charged with engaging in organized crime-criminal syndicate, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful transaction with a minor, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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According to the police reports, a 15-year-old child was in the home with the suspects, and cocaine was found in the home.

The remaining suspects are:

Felix A Myers, 20, of Lagrange, Ky.
Donnie A. Lane, 22, of La Grange, Ky.
Brandon L. Davis, 18, of La Grange, Ky.
Gabrielle L. Beach, 22, of La Grange, Ky.

Collett said the investigation lasted a few weeks and credited "old-fashioned police work" for the arrests, which he said culminated with cooperation of citizens, La Grange police, Oldham County Police and the Oldham County Joint Special Response Team.