Eight indicted on drug charges


By Brittany Wise - bwise@civitasmedia.com



Eight individuals were indicted this month in Grayson Circuit Court on drug charges in relation to six separate cases.

Indictments are charges levvied against each person by the Commonwealth, though individuals are considered innocent until proven guilty.

The following men and women are currently facing drug charges in Grayson County Circuit Court:

– Rachel E. Powell, 31, of Tara Woods in Leitchfield, was indicted on charges of burglary in the second degree; possession of a controlled substance in the first degree (heroin); possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of a prescription controlled substance not in a proper container; criminal mischief in the third degree; and being a persistent felony offender in the first degree.

Powell allegedly burglarized the residence of Pamela Fraim on or about April 9, at which time she is accused of having also been in possession of heroin, an unnamed controlled prescription medication and drug paraphernalia.

Furthermore, she is accused of damaging the property of Tammy Richards, causing a loss of less than $500 on March 22.

At the time of the incidents listed, Powell is accused of also having either been previously convicted of two or more felonies with sentences in the past five years, or of having been on probation, parole or other conditional release.

A co-defendant in the case is listed as Jason D. Hunt, with whom the Commonwealth recommended Powell have no contact.

Calling Powell a danger to community and a flight risk, as well as noting a criminal history, the Commonwealth recommended that she be held on a $10,000 cash bond.

– Allan W. Burkhead, 52, of Shelby Street in Leitchfield, and Betty M. Rich, 39, of Commerce Drive in Leitchfield, were each indicted on charges of complicity to traffic in a controlled substance in the first degree. Burkhead was additionally charged with being a persistent felony offender in the first degree.

Burkhead’s and Rich’s charges stem from a June 13, 2014 incident during which the two are accused of having possessed fewer than 10 dosage units of the opiate morphine “for the purpose of sale, transfer or distribution.”

At that same time, Burkhead is accused of having either been previously convicted of two or more felonies with sentences in the past five years, or of having been on probation, parole or other conditional release while allegedly committing this crime.

Leitchfield Police Officer Brandon Cook served as a witness against both Burkhead and Rich, for whom the Commonwealth recommended a $10,000 cash bond each, citing a criminal history and “danger to the community” as reasoning for each of their bonds. Additionally, a recommendation was made that the pair be disallowed from having any contact with one another.

In a separate incident, Rich was also indicted for trafficking in a controlled substance in the second degree after allegedly possessing fewer than 20 dosage units of hydrocodone for the purpose of sale, transfer or distribution on May 30, 2014.

Cook served as witness in this case as well, and the Commonwealth recommended that she undergo random drug screening.

– Steffan B. Willoughby, 23, of Foxborough Drive in Leitchfield, was indicted on charges of possession of a controlled substance in the first degree, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, and operating on a suspended/revoked operator’s license.

Willoughby is accused of having the illegal drug methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in his possession on or about April 10, at which time he was also found to be operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, according to court documents.

He was also allegedly operating the vehicle on a highway without a valid driver’s license.

The Commonwealth recommended a $10,000 cash bond be set for Willoughby, with 20 percent being required in cash, citing him as a “danger to the community” with a “criminal history.” It was also recommended that he undergo random drug screens.

Leitchfield Police Officer Jesse Townsend served as a witness against Willoughby.

– Kevin Basham, 45, of Beaver Dam Road in Caneyville, and Michael Baker, 56, of Rock Creek Road in Clarkson, were each indicted on one charge of possession of a controlled substance in the first degree.

Basham and Baker are accused of having been found to be in possession of methamphetamine on or about May 15.

Clarkson Police Chief Buck Meredith served as a witness against the two men, for whom the Commonwealth recommended each a $10,000 bond, with 25 percent being required in cash. Additionally, it was recommended that the Basham and Baker have no contact with each other.

– Ronald W. Webb, 53, and Gina R. Burnett, 41, both of Leitchfield Road in Big Clifty, were each indicted on charges of possession of a controlled substance in the first degree, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Webb was additionally charged with operating a motor vehicle on a suspended/revoked license, and possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle.

Webb’s and Burnett’s charges stem from a May 6 incident during which the pair is accused of having been found in possession of the illegal drug methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia while Webb was operating a vehicle with no valid driver’s license, and with an opened bottle of alcohol inside.

Kentucky State Police Officer Brandon Brooks served as a witness against the two.

The Commonwealth recommended that Burnett be held on a $10,000 bond with 25 percent being required in cash, while Webb was recommended a $10,000 bond with half being required in cash.

Both were noted as having a “criminal history” and being a “danger to community,” and it was further recommended that the two have no contact with one another.

By Brittany Wise

bwise@civitasmedia.com

Reach Brittany Wise at 270-259-9622 ext. 2014.

Reach Brittany Wise at 270-259-9622 ext. 2014.

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