November 27, 2013

Drug dealers receive stiff sentences

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The toxic chemical that was being produced in epidemic proportions carries a harsh sentence for those who choose to produce and/or possess it.

With sentences ranging from 13 years’ to three years’ probation and completion of drug court, those who were caught with methamphetamine and prescription pills are now paying the price. Several people with drug-related charges were sentenced in Laurel Circuit Court earlier this month and now face the penalties.

Those sentenced include:

• Natasha J. Boone, 27, of 1972 Ky. 1023 in Lily, was ordered to enroll in and complete drug court as part of her sentence for possession of methamphetamine on April 11, 2013. Her one-year prison sentence was probated for three years as part of her sentence.

Boone was indicted in May along with two other persons for two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine) on April 11 and April 16. She was also charged with being a second-degree persistent felony offender and has a 2007 conviction for unlawful possession of a meth precursor in Laurel County. As part of a plea agreement, Boone’s second charge of trafficking a controlled substance and persistent felony offender were dismissed.

• Roger Robinson, 59, of 137 E.B. Gross Road in London, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine. Robinson was indicted in April of this year, along with a co-defendant 53-year-old Frankie Murray of the same address. Murray was also indicted for being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

However, according to court records, the charges against Murray were dismissed against Murray when Robinson was sentenced.

• Rickie Eubanks, 36, no address listed, was sentenced to 17 years in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine on May 1. Additional charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and being a first-degree persistent felony offender were dismissed as part of his sentence. Eubanks was indicted in May 2013 along with 20-year-old Marissa McConnell of 791 Campbell Road in London.

McConnell was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her charges were dismissed on November 15.

• Josie Vaughn, 28, of 200 Newberry Road in London, must enroll in and complete drug court as part of her sentence for possessing methamphetamine on April 19. Her three-year sentence was probated for three years.