Federal drug case continued

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LEXINGTON – Very little is public record, still, regarding a federal drug bust that occurred earlier this month, though a Magoffin man remains in jail in Woodford County. 

A final revocation hearing for Gregory Howard, 44, of Salyersville was scheduled to be held on March 9, in the Lexington Federal Courthouse, though on Thursday United States District Court Chief Judge Karen Caldwell ordered to continue the matter “generally.” 

Howard was picked up on Friday, March 3 and eventually transferred to the Woodford County Detention Center. 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 he 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.

Judge Caldwell ordered Howard is to remain in custody of the United States Marshal Service. She also ruled that all proceedings held at the bench during the March 9 hearing remain under seal. 

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.