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Jury finds drug kingpin Richard Grundy guilty on all counts in his federal trial

Posted at 1:47 PM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-16 19:17:52-04

EVANSVILLE — A jury found Indianapolis drug kingpin Richard Grundy and four other defendants guilty on all counts late Thursday night at a federal drug trial in Evansville. Grundy was called on to testify by the defense.

Grundy was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, and conspiracy to launder money.

Undrae Moseby, Derek Atwater, James Beasley and Ezell Neville were also convicted.

Grundy headed a drug operation selling cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and heroin that was imported from out-of-state and sold in Indiana. He and more than 20 other people were indicted and arrested in 2017 on federal drug charges. Most of the others have since pleaded guilty.

Grundy was called on to testify by the defense Wednesday. A spokesperson for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana said the 3-week-long trial moved along faster than expected.

Grundy and the four co-defendants first went on trial July 8 in Indianapolis. But just two days later, a mistrial was declared over a violation of a court order involving personal juror information. After the mistrial, the decision was made to move the retrial 180-miles to Evansville.

Four years ago, Grundy faced multiple charges in another case heard in Marion County Criminal Court. The charges included four counts of Conspiracy to Commit Murder. But nine of those charges were eventually thrown out and Grundy pleaded guilty to one count of Dealing in Marijuana. For that, he was sentenced to probation.