- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A self-described middleman in an alleged bourbon theft ring in Kentucky says he bought barrels of whiskey from the accused ringleader and arranged more purchases.

In court records, Dustin Adkins says Gilbert “Toby” Curtsinger sold cases of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. Adkins says Curtsinger indicated the supply was available because labels were “messed up.”

Adkins says he started out buying quarts of bourbon before acquiring two barrels from Curtsinger. Wanting his friends to share in a “good deal,” Adkins says he arranged nine more barrel purchases.

Adkins recently pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal conspiracy to receive stolen property over $10,000.

Curtsinger has pleaded not guilty to charges that include engaging in organized crime. Defense attorney Whitney True Lawson says releasing such documents jeopardizes chances for a fair trial locally.

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