U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Eastern District of Kentucky
Eastern District of Kentucky
For Immediate Release
Feburary 06, 2013
U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey in the Eastern District of Kentucky
Contact: Kyle Edelen
Convicted Felon From Richmond Sentenced to 250 Months for Helping Lead a Large Cocaine Trafficking Ring
LEXINGTON — AA Richmond man with a lengthy criminal history was sentenced today to 250 months in prison for dealing cocaine and using his retail store to conceal his drug trafficking activity.
U.S. District Court Judge Joseph M. Hood sentenced 30-year-old Jakolbe Chenault, aka, Kolbe Cheese, for conspiracies to distribute cocaine and launder
drug money. Judge Hood enhanced Chenaults sentence because Chenault qualified as a career offender. A career offender is someone with two or more prior violent crime or drug trafficking offenses.
According to court documents, from May 2009 until October 2011, Chenault helped lead a large cocaine trafficking ring and distributed at least 3.5 kilograms of cocaine in Madison County. More than 10 others were part of the conspiracy.
Chenault co-owned the clothing store known as Ja Rus New Fashions with co-defendant Ruben Catching. Chenault acknowledged that he and Catching used
drug proceeds to buy merchandise for the store.
Court documents state that Chenault also used drug profits to purchase several vehicles and a house on Oakland Avenue in Richmond. The U.S. Government seized five vehicles and the home.
Chenault has prior felony convictions which include trafficking in a controlled substance, second degree unlawful transaction with a minor and wanton
endangerment first degree.
Under federal law, Chenault must serve at least 85 percent of his prison
Others involved in the drug trafficking conspiracy previously received the
following prison sentences: Ruben Catching - 100 months; Christina Thieleman 120 months; Demetrius Catching 60 months; Jermaine Carter 60 months; DaLance Roberts 120 months; James Phelps 30 months; Bryan Campbell 180
months; Shaquille Williams 27 months; Franklin Floyd 12 months and 1 day; Montel Jenkins 138 months; Christoper Crutcher 18 months; Laverne Cructcher 60 months; Damar Horton 128 months; and Edward Lamont Ellington 87
Kerry B. Harvey, U.S Attorney for the Eastern District Kentucky, Stuart L. Lowery, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Robert L. Corso, Special Agent in Charge of DEA; Christopher A. Henry, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation Division; Rodney C. Brewer, Kentucky State Police Commissioner and Larry R. Brock, Richmond
Police Chief jointly announced the sentence.
The investigation was conducted by ATF, the Richmond Police Department, IRS-CID, KSP, and DEA. The U.S. Attorneys Office was represented by Robert
M. Duncan Jr. and Roger W. West.