Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

March 24, 2014

W.Va. man gets 5 1/2 years in drug case

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

ASHLAND — A West Virginia man convicted of heroin and oxycodone trafficking in federal court last fall has been sentenced to 51⁄2 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning sentenced Bradley Locklear, 33, of Glenwood, to 66 months earlier this month.

Bunning also sentenced Locklear to four years of supervised release following his term of incarceration. The judge also recommended Locklear participate in the Bureau of Prisons’ 500-hour substance abuse treatment program, and that he be designated to the Federal Correctional Institution in Beckley, W.Va., to serve his prison sentence.

Jurors found Locklear guilty of possession of heroin, in an amount of 100 grams or more, and oxycodone with intent to distribute following a two-day trial in federal court in October.

Locklear was one of more than two dozen charged last year in a three-month investigation by Kentucky State Police into drug trafficking at the Ashland Greyhound Bus Terminal. The KSP launched the probe after learning dealers were using the terminal as a hub for illegal activity between Detroit and the Tri-State.

During the investigation, the KSP seized 700 grams of heroin, 3,250 prescription pills and three ounces of marijuana. The heroin and pills, which included oxycodone, Xanax and Ecstasy, would have been worth more than $1 million once cut and packaged for street sales.

Locklear was arrested March 27 following a traffic stop in downtown Ashland. KSP Trooper Shane Goodall pulled over the 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Locklear was driving because the license plate wasn’t legible.

In addition to Locklear, the vehicle was occupied by a male passenger, who, according to Goodall, appeared extremely nervous and, when asked for identification, was unable to provide any, according to court records.

Goodall asked Locklear to exit the vehicle and asked him a series of questions. Locklear told the trooper he was from West Virginia and had just picked up the passenger, who was his friend, from the bus station. Goodall then spoke to the passenger, who told him he was from Toledo, Ohio, and confirmed Locklear had just picked him up at the Greyhound terminal. However, the passenger told the trooper he was unable to provide his bus ticket because he’d thrown it away at a nearby restaurant.

Goodall then requested assistance from KSP Detective Chris Kirk, who was able to locate the discarded ticket, which showed the passenger had actually ridden the bus from Detroit, not Toledo, records state.

Goodall then asked Locklear for permission to search the vehicle, which Locklear granted. The search turned up a black backpack in the rear seat that contained a brick of heroin weighing 534.9 grams and 120 oxycodone pills.

As Goodall was instructing a fellow trooper, Zach Thompson, to place both suspects under arrest, the passenger fled and was not apprehended, according to records. Locklear was taken into custody and transported to the Boyd County Detention Center.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.