ASHLAND The Northeast Kentucky Drug Task Force arrested a Russell man Friday afternoon after police say he sold heroin with a 7-year-old child the backseat of his SUV.
The child was later released to his mother, a task force officer confirmed.
Task force officers took 32-year-old Timothy S. Jackson into custody around 12:45 p.m. in the parking lot of the Ashland Town Center Mall after watching him conduct a sale, according to court records. At the time of his arrest, police said they smelled marijuana inside the vehicle where the child was found.
Jackson was the target of a long-term investigation, according to the task force officer.
He was charged with two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first-degree wanton endangerment and possession of marijuana. As of Monday, he was being held at the Boyd County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond.
A search of the vehicle revealed methamphetamine in excess of 2 grams, the court records show. The task force officer couldn’t elaborate on how much narcotics have been seized over the course of the investigation, but the officer confirmed multiple ounces of heroin and meth were involved.
The case was investigated by the task force, the DEA, Kentucky State Police Post 14 and the Ashland Police Department, according to a press release. Investigators say they are pursuing federal charges against Jackson in the Eastern District of Kentucky.
It wasn’t the first time Jackson’s been arrested and accused of selling drugs at the mall.
A May 14, 2014 report from the Boyd County Sheriff’s Department shows Jackson was arrested in a buy/bust — when police conduct an undercover purchase and perform an arrest shortly thereafter.
In that case, Jackson met with a confidential informant at the mall entrance to sell crack cocaine. The informant got into his car and rode with him toward Cheddar’s. Jackson then dropped off the informant back at the entrance of the mall. After receiving a text confirming the purchase, deputies pulled Jackson over and arrested him. Deputies initially seized $431 and 7.8 grams of marijuana during the stop, before Jackson told them he had heroin stashed in his underwear.
Deputies netted 3 grams near his genitals.
Jackson was charged by criminal information the following day with cocaine trafficking, possession of heroin and possession of marijuana. In March 2015, he pleaded guilty to reduced charges, in exchange for a three-year sentence he received on April 24, 2015.
Ten days before the sentencing, Jackson sold $200 worth of cocaine and $200 worth of Oxycodone to a confidential informant working for Ashland Police, according to a police report. Jackson ended up pleading guilty to trafficking charges in connection with that case, receiving a year in prison in December 2017.
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