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Magoffin man facing federal drug charges

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PIKEVILLE – A Magoffin man faces federal drug charges in a case that was unsealed last week.

In a sealed indictment filed on May 24 in United States District Court's Eastern District of Kentucky, Danny Porter, 65, of Salyersville, was charged on three counts relating to distributing quantities of oxycodone. 

Two others are charged in the indictment, including Katherine Redlark and Tonya Owens.

In the indictment that was unsealed on May 29, the three are charged on one count of conspiring with each other to knowingly and intentionally distribute controlled substances, including a number of pills containing oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance. This allegedly occurred in Magoffin County from September 2015 through September 2017.

Porter is charged separately for allegedly possessing a quantity of oxycodone with the intent to distribute the controlled substance, and for possessing firearms in furtherance of the drug-trafficking offense. Counts 2 and 3 of the indictment date back to September 22, 2017, according to federal court records.

With Count 3, Porter was also required to forfeit 20 different firearms, as well as $46,342 in U.S. currency, which reportedly was seized on September 22, 2017.

Counts 1 and 2 of the indictment carry a potential penalty of not more than 20 years imprisonment, not more than $1 million fine and at least three years supervised release. Count 3 carries a potential penalty of not less than five years nor more than life imprisonment, not more than $250,000 fine, and not more than five years supervised release. 

In an arraignment hearing held on Tuesday, May 29, in Pikeville, Porter, represented by court-appointed attorney Patrick E. O'Neill, pleaded not guilty to the three charges. 

A jury trial in the case is slated for Monday, July 30, 2018, at 9 a.m. at the federal courthouse in Pikeville. The trial is expected to last three days and will be heard before Judge Karen K. Caldwell. 

In a court order filed on June 6, the court has been notified that Katherine Redlark and Tonya Owens plan to self-surrender to the United States Marshal Service at the United States Courthouse in Pikeville on Friday, June 8. The two are scheduled to be arraigned at 3 p.m. that day. 

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.

 

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