Feds Respond to Violent Crime in Mayfield
By West Kentucky Star Staff
MAYFIELD - Local, state and federal officials on Tuesday announced a major crack down against violent criminal activity within Graves County.

A federal grand jury in Paducah returned 14 charges in five indictments, leading to the arrests of five people connected to the sale of guns and drugs in Mayfield. The indictments are part of a new effort called Project Safe Neighborhoods, which United States Attorney Russell Coleman says is a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone.

“Project Safe Neighborhoods is a commitment to this community,” Coleman said. “There is no daylight between the federal, state and local partners in committing to you through this project to address violent crime in Mayfield.”

Twenty-one-year-old Gabriel Vejar, 26-year-old Keith Holliman, 28-year-old Ahmad Perry, 42-year-old Getrudis Vargas and 45-year-old Kevin Gray, all of Mayfield, are charged in the indictments. Vejar is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Holliman is charged with being an illegal recipient of a firearm by a person under indictment, knowingly possessing a firearm, two counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and two counts of carrying a firearm during and in relation to drug trafficking.

Perry is charged with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, Vargas is charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm. Gray is charged with two counts of a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, and one count of sale of a firearm to a felon.

These cases are being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Drug Enforcement Administration, Kentucky State Police, Mayfield Police Department, Graves County Sheriff's Office, McCracken County Sheriff's Office, Murray Police Department, and United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Coleman said Graves County violent offenders have been put on notice and more indictments are on the way.

Published 03:41 PM, Tuesday Sep. 18, 2018
Updated 08:13 PM, Wednesday Sep. 19, 2018

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