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May 8, 2014

Accused drug trafficker arrested

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A woman charged with trafficking methamphetamine was arrested on Monday afternoon.

Edith Jones, 56, of 326 Altott Road in Corbin, is set for a preliminary hearing on May 12 in Laurel District Court on charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), and theft by unlawful taking.

Jones was also charged on a Laurel County indictment warrant on similar charges. She and 38-year-old Kenneth Smallwood were indicted in March for selling more than two grams of methamphetamine to an informant in December 2013. In that indictment, Jones allegedly sold methamphetamine to a police informant on Dec. 10 and Dec. 16. She is charged with theft by unlawful taking for accepting cash totaling over $500 for the sale of the illegal drug. Smallwood also is accused of selling more than two grams of meth on Dec. 16 and for tampering with physical evidence by disposing of evidence that could be used in a legal proceeding against him.

Jones was also indicted for second-degree persistent felony offender, having a prior felony conviction in Laurel County for first-degree possession of  controlled substance in 2007. She was sentenced to three years imprisonment in April 2009 on that charge.

The arrest was made by Laurel County Sheriff’s Detective/U.S. Marshall Warrant Task Force Officer  Jason Back, who was assisted by Laurel Sheriff’s Detective James Sizemore.

njohnson@sentinel-echo.com

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