By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer
A Madison grand jury has indicted a former jail kitchen employee on charges of trafficking drugs to inmates.
The charges against Donna S. Hunter include first-degree promoting contraband, second-degree promoting contraband and controlled substance not in original container (clonazepam).
First-degree promoting contraband is a felony punishable by one to five years in prison. The other two charges are Class B misdemeanors that carry a sentence of up to 90 days in jail.
Hunter pleaded not guilty to the charges in October at her arraignment in Madison District Court.
Hunter “illegally concealed a pack of cigarettes wrapped in duct tape inside her bra” and took them inside the Madison County Detention Center, according to a Kentucky State Police report.
Inside the pack were 13 Marlboro Reds cigarettes and 62 Tramadol 50 mg tablets, the report stated.
Hunter also is accused by the KSP of receiving $25 for delivering the items to inmates.
Hunter had a 0.5 mg clonazepam pill in her possession when she was arrested Sept. 21, telling police it was from her own prescription. However, she did not have the pill in its original container, according to the report.
Hunter was taken to the Rockcastle Detention Center and released later the same day on a $5,000 unsecured bond.
She is scheduled for arraignment 11:30 a.m. Dec. 12 in Madison Circuit Court.
Also indicted last week were:
• Ashley Duerson, 30, theft by failure to make required disposition of property (over $10,000). Duerson is accused of stealing $12,150 from the Silver Creek Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization. She was the organization’s treasurer for the 2012-13 academic year, according to a news release from the Berea Police Department. Her charge carries a sentence of five to 10 years in prison.
• Jimmy D. Puckett, 45, six counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, theft by unlawful taking (firearm), two counts of theft by unlawful taking (under $10,000) and second-degree persistent felony offender
• Jimmy D. Puckett, 45, and David Rust. Puckett was charged with two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card (under $10,000) and second-degree persistent felony offender. Rust was charged with complicity to fraudulent use of a credit card
• Lynda K. Jones, 55, six counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, receiving stolen property (under $10,000), first-degree fleeing or evading police, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs (first offense) and operating on a suspended/revoked operators license
• Steven Kyle Goble, 41, fraudulent use of a credit card (under $10,000) and theft by failure to make required disposition of property (under $500)
• Bryan K. Beagle, 28, tampering with physical evidence
• Sara Smart, 24. first-degree bail jumping
• Phillip S. Brennan, 42, first-degree bail jumping
• Larry Joe Tillery, 47, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine)
• Anthony R. Barron, 50, two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (oxycodone)
• Melissa K. Dalton, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication
• Carla Rae Clontz, 34, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (oxycodone, 10 more more dosage units, subsequent offense)
• Amber E. Hatfield, 25 two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, fourth-degree assault, alcohol intoxication, resisting arrest, second-degree disorderly conduct, possession of a legend drug.
• Charles B. Kavanaugh, 26, second-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree assault and falsely reporting an incident
• Floyd H. Neeley, 42, theft by unlawful taking (under $500)
• Thomas E. Simmons, 47, fourth-degree assault and theft by unlawful taking (under $500).
Dismissal without prejudice
• Justin L. Kavanaugh, 30.