Two more charged with drug-trafficking

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By Sharon Graves

Two Carroll County residents were indicted and arrested on trafficking in a controlled substance last week.

Donald Howard, 54, of Martin Road, was indicted in November on charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, namely oxycodone, a Class C felony. Howard was indicted again in December for another count of the same crime, involving oxymorphone.

Natasha King, 28, whose last-known address was 605 E. Main St., Ghent, Ky., was indicted in November on three counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, a Class C felony. She allegedly was trafficking in oxymorphone on count one and oxycodone on counts two and three of the indictment.

The alleged offenses occurred on two occasions.  

Howard was arrested by Carroll County Sheriff Ben Smith and Kentucky State Police Trooper David Roberts on Dec. 4, and was lodged in the Carroll County Detention Center. He bonded out later that day on a $25,000 full-cash bond.

During Circuit Court proceedings on Monday, Dec. 8, Howard was given a pre-trial conference date for Dec. 15 on the November indictment and his original bond was refunded.

Later Monday, Howard came before Judge Stephen Bates for a second time in Circuit Court, this time for  the December indictment, and he was taken into custody and placed under a $25,000 full-cash bond.

King held on bond

King also appeared before Judge Bates on the November indictment Monday; she was appointed public defender Bridgette Saunders as her attorney.

King remains incarcerated on a $25,000 full cash bond.

If convicted, Howard or King could face five to  10 years in prison and fines of $1,000 to $10,000 on each of the charges.