Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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November 5, 2013

Grand jury issues drug indictments

GREENUP — A Greenup County grand jury last week handed up indictments in a series of drug cases initiated by the FIVCO Area Drug Task Force.

Eight defendants were indicted on charges stemming from trafficking in opiates and methamphetamine.

One defendant, Crystal L. Polzin, 24, of Garrison, was named in three separate indictments charging her with selling meth to cooperating witnesses working with FADE on three separate occasions. The alleged transactions occurred on April 8 and 23 and May 7.

Polzin was charged with three counts of first-drug trafficking, a Class D felony that carries a one- to five-year prison sentence. She is lodged in the Greenup County Detention Center.

Others indicted were:

Jacob A. Taft, 19, of Raceland, charged with first-degree drug trafficking for allegedly selling opiates to FADE cooperating witness on Jan. 15. The charge is a Class C felony that carries a five- to 10-year prison sentence because the deal involved more than 10 dosage units.

James E. Bowen, 32, of Flatwoods, charged with first-degree drug trafficking, a Class D felony, for allegedly selling opiates (one to nine dosage units) to a FADE operative on July 26.

Derek B. Payne, 25, of Ashland, charged with first-degree trafficking, a Class C felony, for allegedly selling opiates to a FADE undercover witness on Jan. 7.

Jason A. Riley, 34, of Worthington, charged with Class C first-degree trafficking for allegedly selling opiates to a FADE cooperating witness on Jan. 8.

Joshua H. Daniels, 25, of Flatwoods, charged with Class C first-degree drug trafficking for allegedly selling opiates to a FADE operative on Jan. 9.

Dustin R. Dean, 33, of Wurtland, charged with two counts of Class D first-degree trafficking for allegedly selling opiates and an unspecified drug to FADE informants on May 7, and with persistent felony offender.

Shawn D. Williams, 30, of South Point, charged with Class C first-degree trafficking for allegedly selling opiates to a FADE operative on Jan. 8.

A grand jury accusation is a formal accusation of a crime and does not establish guilt.

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

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