April 10, 2014

Drug trafficker pleads guilty

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer


A man indicted in January of this year will now face 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug charges.

Billy Conn Hurley Jr., 49, of East Ky. 3094 in East Bernstadt, was in Laurel Circuit Court on Friday to answer to a January indictment for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, methamphetamine, second offense, and being a first-degree persistent felony offender. Hurley agreed to a 10-year sentence on those charges.

But Hurley violated his bond when he tested positive for methamphetamine, resulting in him having to complete the full sentence.

Hurley was already on parole for a previous drug conviction and the violation of his bond conditions on the latest charge will result in his having to serve the remainder of that sentence as well.

Hurley Jr. has several prior arrests in Laurel County, including a conviction for second offense possession of a controlled substance in 2005 and other cases in Laurel Circuit Court since then.

He remains in the Laurel County Detention Center; no bond was allowed.