Two recent heroin busts have connection
by Jack Latta
ALLEN — A heroin arrest this week by the Kentucky State Police has links to an earlier heroin bust made only weeks before in Prestonsburg.
James Edward DeRossett, 50, of Allen, was arrested Tuesday morning at 4:30 a.m. on Route 1428, after Kentucky State Police say he crossed the center line while pulling away from the Kwik Mart in Allen.
According to the police report, DeRossett was pulled over after police noted multiple registration stickers on his license plate, and after the vehicle “appeared to cross the center line.” KSP Trooper Peppi says in his report that after pulling the vehicle over, he approached the window and noticed the driver, DeRossett, acting “very nervous.”
“His hand was shaking, rapid speed, and rapid breathing,” Sgt. Peppi noted in the report.
DeRossett was charged with improper registration plate, failure to or improper signal, failure to produce insurance card, first-degree possession of controlled substance (heroin), second-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified).
In the police report, DeRossett’s address is cited as Allen, though the home phone number he gave to police was tied to an address in Elizabethtown.
DeRossett is also linked to another heroin bust earlier this month, when he arranged bail for 47-year-old Melissa Calhoun, of East Point, after she was arrested by Prestonsburg Police Department on Stonecrest hill. According to Calhoun’s police report, she was found with heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, Xanax, and two loaded needles.
Court records indicate that Calhoun was released from jail on a $20,000 surety bond, which was signed by DeRossett.
DeRossett was booked into the Floyd County Jail Tuesday, and released Wednesday after paying a $5,000 cash bond. DeRossett is next scheduled to appear in court April 8 for a preliminary hearing.
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