Five arrested in roundup
by ALEX SMITH
PRESTONSBURG — Two Floyd County men who live across the street from one another and were both arrested during a drug roundup Feb. 9 were in court for a preliminary hearing on Monday.
During the search of the home of Phillip Wilkerson, 28, a large amount of drugs and cash were found in multiple shoe boxes in a bedroom closet. Several pill bottles, bags of marijuana and a handgun were found, as well as cash divided into rolls of $1, $20 and $50 bills.
Floyd County Sheriff's Deputy Kenneth Prater, who participated in the roundup, said the marijuana found in Wilkerson's closet was packaged in several small plastic bags, which in his opinion proved the marijuana was being prepared for sale.
Across the street, the home of Jason Howard, 27, which was searched at the same time, contained large amounts of drug paraphernalia, including over 30 marijuana cigarette butts in ashtrays as well as several empty syringes. Also discovered were several unidentifiable pills and one which Howard said he has a prescription for.
Prater said he took photographs of the drugs and paraphernalia found at Howard's residence after Howard had been arrested. Prater said he interviewed Howard and took a statement, in which he told Prater that everything found in the house belonged to him.
Both cases were referred to a Floyd County grand jury. Howard's bond was reduced to $10,000 cash or 10 percent, with strict restrictions placed on him if he were to post bond. Bond reduction for Wilkerson was denied because he has been charged with multiple felonies.
Two others who were arrested during the drug raid, Ezra Allen, 51, and Jessica Howard, 27, were arraigned Tuesday morning. Allen, who rented the house which Jason Howard was staying in, faces one count of felony drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and trafficking in marijuana. He was released from jail last week after posting a $20,000 bond. Jessica Howard posted a $5,000 bond last week and has been charged with felony trafficking in a controlled substance.
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