Five Involved in Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy Sentenced

PANAMA CITY, Fla - Five people involved in a drug trafficking conspiracy found out their fate today. 

According to the State Attorney's Office, in June of last year, 33-year-old Thomas Breeding got 20 kilograms of cocaine and then divided it among himself, 43-year-old Richard Helms Jr, 32-year-old Jessica Ashbaker and 37-year-old Benjamin Mcgraw to sell. Breeding was arrested  later that month, which led deputies to the other four suspects, including 32-year-old Jeremy Hubbard. 

In addition to the conspiracy charge, the defendants pled guilty to the following charges:

• Possession of a firearm as a convicted felon: Breeding and Hubbard;

• Possession with intent to distribute the controlled substance alprazolam: McGraw;

• Possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking: McGraw and Hubbard; and

• Possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of Cocaine: Helms and Ashbaker.

 

Their sentences are:

• Thomas Zachary Breeding, of Panama City, Florida, 72 months in prison;

• Benjamin Bailey McGraw, of Smyrna, Georgia, 180 months 

• Jeremy Patrick Hubbard, of Panama City Beach, Florida, 96 months 

• Richard Kenneth Helms Jr., of Panama City Beach, 48 months

• Jessica Renee Ashbaker, of Panama City Beach, 12 months.


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