FEDERAL ARREST MADE

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SALYERSVILLE – Very little has been released regarding a federal drug bust that occurred last Friday, ending with one Magoffin man in jail in Woodford County.

Gregory Howard, 44, of Salyersville, was picked up on Friday, March 3 and originally taken to the Pike County Detention Center under the charge “federal prisoner held – in transit/court/serve out.” The next day he was transferred to the Woodford County Detention Center with the same charge.

While no new charges have been filed against Howard, on March 2 his federal probation officer petitioned the court to revoke Howard’s probation, citing four violations described as “commission of a crime – distribution of oxycodone.” The petition was granted by the court and a warrant of arrest was issued on the same day.

Howard was on probation for a 2013 case where pleaded guilty (via a plea deal) to one count of distribution of oxycodone and sentenced to time served, three years supervised release and $100 special assessment. The charge carried a maximum sentence of not more than 20 years imprisonment, $1 million fine and three years supervised release.

A final revocation hearing is scheduled in Lexington for today, March 9, 2017, at 1:15 p.m. 

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.