Four area residents were indicted this month in Grayson County Circuit Court on a variety of charges, ranging from manufacturing methamphetamine to rape.
An indictment is a formal charge against an individual, but is not a finding of guilt. All indicted persons are innocent until proven guity in the court of law.
Danny J. Swift, 46, of Webster Lane in Caneyville, was indicted on an array of drug-related and other charges which were enhanced by the possession of a firearm.
Swift’s charges stem from an early September incident during which he is accused of having manufactured methamphetamine and of possessing the drug with the intent to sell it, as stated in court paperwork.
He was further accused of having resisted arrest when he “intentionally attempted to prevent Trooper Seth Payne, an employee of the Kentucky State Police, from arresting him” and of “escaping from the custody of the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force,” according to court documents.
The list of charges against Swift include: manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense, enhanced by possession of a firearm; trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree, first offense, two or more grams of methamphetamine, enhanced by the possession of a firearm; possession of a controlled substance in the first degree, first offense, methamphetamine, enhanced by possession of a firearm; possession of drug paraphernalia enhanced by possession of a firearm; escape in the third degree; and resisting arrest.
Co-defendants in Swift’s case include Lasco Wilson, Kanisha A. Cockriel, and Jessica N. Hayse.
The Commonwealth recommended that Swift be held on a $50,000 cash bond, citing his criminal history and calling him a “danger to community.”
Leitchfield Police Officer Brandon Cook served as a witness against Swift.
In a separate case, 42-year-old Christopher Snyder of Blessitt Road in Clarkson was indicted on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense; possession of a controlled substance in the first degree, first offense, methamphetamine; knowingly possessing anhydrous ammonia in an unapproved container with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, fi9rst degree; and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Snyder was allegedly found to be in possession of metahmphetamine, and was additionally found to be either making the illegal substance or with the ingredients to do so in his possession with the intent to cook the drug.
The incident purportedly occurred on Aug. 27.
The Commonwealth recommended that Snyder be held on a $20,000 cash bond, and Officer Brandon Cook served as a witness against him.
Samantha Stamper, 23, of New Circle Road in Leitchfield, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance in the first degree, heroin, first offense; possession of marijuana; and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, first offense.
Stamper is accused of having been found to be driving while intoxicated on September 6, at which point she also allegedly found to be in possession of the drugs heroin and marijuana.
Stamper was recommended a $10,000 bond, with ten percent being required in cash. The Commonwealth cited her as a “danger to community” and additionally requested that she be disallowed from using a motor vehicle.
Leitchfield Police Officer Jeff Helvey served as a witness against Stamper.
Kevin B. McStoots, 21, of Stone Street in Leitchfield, was indicted on one charge of rape in the second degree.
McStoots is accused of having “engaged in sexual intercourse” with a female who was 13 years old at the time of the incident in June of this year.
The Commonwealth recommended that McStoots be held on a $10,000 bond and have no contact with the victim.
Detective Dennis Dvorjak, with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, served as a witness against McStoots.
Reach Brittany Wise at 270-259-9622 ext. 2014.