A Boyd County grand jury has indicted 20 individuals as part of an ongoing series of investigations into trafficking of narcotics and other illicit substances.

The investigations were conducted by the Ashland Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Section and the Kentucky State Police DE/SI unit.

Officers from the Ashland Police Department have served indictments to 10 of the 16 people named by the grand jury:

‰Lori Ann Watts of Ashland, one first-degree count of trafficking in a controlled substance.

‰Ryan W. Debord of Ashland, two first-degree counts of trafficking in a controlled substance.

‰Malinda L. Wells of Ashland, one first-degree count of trafficking in a controlled substance.

‰Jeremy S. West of Ashland, one first-degree count of trafficking in a controlled substance.

‰Natalie A. Pratta of Ashland, two first-degree counts of trafficking in a controlled substance.

‰Billy J. McKenzie of Ashland, one first-degree count of trafficking in a controlled substance.

 ‰David J. Bowling of Westwood, one first-degree count of trafficking in a controlled substance.

‰David L. White of Westwood, one first-degree count of trafficking in a controlled substance.

‰Matthew A. Toller of Ashland, one first-degree count of trafficking in a controlled substance.

‰Toni M. Bobbitt of Ashland, one first-degree count of trafficking in a controlled substance.

Officers attempted to serve indictments to six others, although they were not able to locate the individuals and are seeking the public’s assistance in locating them.

They are:

‰Christopher Strait of Ironton

‰Tabitha Sue Harrison of Ashland

‰Steven R. Pack of Ashland

‰Stacey Lyn Barnett of Ashland

‰Jonathan W. Salyers of Ashland

‰Robert Lee Hendrickson of Ashland.

Each has been indicted on drug trafficking charges and anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to call the Ashland Police Department or the Silent Witness number (606) 329-1771 after regular business hours and during the weekend.

“There are four more individuals that we are actively seeking and we are not going to release their names at this time,” added Lt. Darren Wilson, Ashland Police Department’s criminal investigations commander.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2651.

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