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Grand jury indicts 17 on drug-related counts

Seventeen people face drug-related charges in new indictments handed up in Letcher Circuit Court. They are:

• Richard Brown, 55, 956 Hwy. 2036, Letcher, is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (two grams or more of methamphetamine, second offense), possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana. Neon Police Officer Dustin Jackson testified in the case.

• Mark D. Adams, 47, 50 Blue Jay Hill, Jeremiah, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine, first offense), failure to wear seatbelts, failure to produce insurance card, operating on suspended/ revoked driver’s license, and failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance. Kentucky State Trooper Ryan Couch testified in the case.

• Matthew White, 19, 83 Keel Drive, Millstone, is charged with trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense, two or more grams of methamphetamine), and buy/possess drug paraphernalia. Kentucky State Trooper Zachary Niece testified in the case.

• Michael Woods, 34, 64 Number 6 Hollow, Jenkins, is charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine, first offense), second-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot), buy/possess drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance. Neon Officer Jackson testified in the case.

In a second indictment, Woods is charged with first-degree bail jumping. Deputy Circuit Court Clerk Sandra Wright testified in the second case.

• Joanna D. Davis, 37, 166 Scuttle Hole Gap Rd., Whitesburg, is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense, two grams or more of methamphetamine), and being a first-degree persistent felony offender. Trooper Niece testified in the case.

• Billy J. Sturgill, 30, 5630 Thornton Rd., Thornton, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense, fentanyl), operating a motor vehicle while under the influence (first offense), and driving on suspended/ revoked license.

In a second indictment Sturgill is charged with first-degree bail jumping, and being a first-degree persistent felony offender. Kentucky State Trooper Jarrett Fields testified in both cases.

• Jimmy Collins, 49, 536 Dry Creek Rd., Topmost, is charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), and failure to wear seatbelts. Trooper Couch testified in the case.

• Shane Childers, 43, 85 Henry Ison Hollow, Whitesburg, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance ( methamphetamine). Whitesburg Police Officer Michael Garner testified in the case.

• William David Elmore, 63, 220 Galley St., Hazard, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine, first offense), failure to wear seatbelts, failure to produce insurance card, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance, and failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance. Trooper Couch testified in the case.

• Eric Douglas Ison, 32, 5359 Hwy. 931 S, Whitesburg, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine, first offense), operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants (second offense), no/expired registration receipt, failure to produce insurance card, operating a vehicle on suspended/ revoked operator’s license, and failure to notify address change to Department of Transportation. Trooper Smith testified in the case.

• Coy Lee Johnson, 54, 492 Henry Hutton Rd., Neon, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), and use/possession of drug paraphernalia. Neon Police Officer Dustin Jackson testified in the case. In a second indictment, Johnson is charged with first-degree promoting contraband. Doug Niece of the Letcher County Jail testified in the second case.

• Michael James Nicholas, 34, 262 Second Loop, Whitesburg, is charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance (first offense, methamphetamine), buy/possess drug paraphernalia, operating a vehicle with suspended driver’s license, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, no/expired registration plates, failure to produce insurance card, display of illegal/altered registration plate, and third-degree terrorist threatening. Whitesburg Officer Garner testified in the case.

• Cassie Orender, 37, 84 Marshall’s Branch, Jenkins, is charged with operating a vehicle on suspended/ revoked operator’s license, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), third-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified), buy/possess drug paraphernalia, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance (first offense), and no/expired registration plates. Jenkins Police Officer Timothy Miller testified in the case.

• Johnny Osborne, 29, 7922 Hwy. 119 S, Eolia, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine, first offense), failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security (first offense), third-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified), and no/expired registration plates.

In a second indictment, Osborne is charged with first-degree bail jumping. Neon Officer Jackson testified in the cases.

• Homer Rose, 50, 310 Highland Branch Rd., Cromona, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin), and public intoxication by a controlled substance (excludes alcohol). Neon Officer Jackson testified in the case.

• Donald Lee Shepherd, 52, 518 Charlie Cornett Rd., Whitesburg, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (opiate, first offense), buy/possess drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance (second offense with aggravator of refusal), menacing, and resisting arrest. Trooper Smith testified in the case.

• Kimberly Berry, 47, 118 Corkwood Lane, Mayking, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine, first offense), public intoxication (excludes alcohol), and resisting arrest. Whitesburg Officer Garner testified in the case.

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