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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