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Owen grand jury returns indictments

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By Molly Haines

A fourth person was indicted May 7 on a drug trafficking charge following arrests made by the Owenton City Police last month.
The arrests were part of a three-month investigation into illegal drug dealers and took place on April 17.
Linda Oakley Taylor, 61, was indicted on the charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, hydrocodone.
The arrests were part of a continued effort to clamp down on illegal drug dealers within the City of Owenton.
Linda L. Smith, Henry C. Smith and Danny Oakley were also arrested and indicted as part of the roundup.
If convicted on the charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, Taylor could face up to three years in the penitentiary and a fine of up to $10,000.
Taylor is expected to appear in Owen Circuit Court again on May 21.
The grand jury handed down five other indictments:
• Danny Oakley, 58, on the charge of three counts of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
According to the indictment, on or about Feb. 22 and April 17, on the three separate charges, he knowingly and unlawfully trafficked in a schedule III controlled substance, namely hydrocodone.
If convicted he is punishable by imprisonment for up to three years in the penitentiary and a fine of up to $10,000 on each separate charge.
Pleaded not guilty, continued to May 21.
• Byron R. Simpson, 25, on the charge of third-degree rape.
According to the indictment, being 21-years-old or more, he engaged in sexual intercourse with a person who is incapable of consent because they are less than 16-years-old.
If convicted he is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years in the penitentiary and a fine of up to $10,000 and shall be sentenced to a period of post-incarceration supervision for a period of five years following release from incarceration upon expiration of sentence or completion of parole.
Pleaded not guilty, continued to May 21.
• Henry C. Smith, 52, on the charges of two counts of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
According to the indictment, on or about Feb. 27 and March 22, on the two separate charges, he knowingly and unlawfully trafficked in a schedule III controlled substance, namely hydrocodone.
If convicted, he is punishable by imprisonment for up to three years in the penitentiary and a fine of up to $10,000 on each separate charge.
Pleaded not guilty, continued to May 21.
•  Linda L. Smith, 50, on the charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
According to the indictment, she knowingly and unlawfully trafficked in a schedule III controlled substance, namely hydrocodone.
If convicted she is punishable by imprisonment for up to three years in the penitentiary and a fine of up to $10,000.
Pleaded not guilty, continued to May 21.
•  Derick J. Walters, 30, on the charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the indictment on the charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, he knowingly and unlawfully possessed a controlled substance, namely heroin, a schedule I narcotic drug and Oxycodone, a schedule II narcotic drug; on the charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, he possessed drug paraphernalia.
Continued to May 21.