CATLETTSBURG A Boyd County Circuit judge denied lowering the bond of a suspected Ohio heroin dealer Thursday, citing public safety concerns.

Jarred A. Moore, 29, of Ironton, was arraigned by Judge John Vincent on a first-offense heroin trafficking charge, following a grand jury indictment last month. Michael McKay, an assistant public advocate, requested the judge apply an unsecured bond to Moore — meaning, no money would have to be put up for his release, but if he were to violate the terms of it whoever put their money on the bond would have to pay out.

Currently, Moore is being held at the county jail on a $75,000 bond.

Vincent denied the motion.

“The court looks at trafficking cases as a public hazard,” Vincent said.

Assistant Boyd County Commonwealth Christina Smith reminded the judge Moore could also be facing federal charges. She and McKay agreed on an April 16 court date to see what a federal grand jury may do in Moore’s case.

Moore was arrested last month in Coal Grove following a Northeast Kentucky Drug Task Force investigation. Little details have emerged in his case, except a criminal citation stating Moore sold heroin to a confidential informant.

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