A man who police say transported hundreds of Oxycontin pills into Madison County from Michigan has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Michael Dennis Hampton, 30, of Hazel Park, Mich., originally was arrested Nov. 1 for possession of marijuana, after a traffic stop in Berea.

“He was stopped by Berea Police Department and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office in Berea for a traffic violation,” said Capt. Rick Johnson, director of the Central Kentucky Area Drug Task Force. “He was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center and his vehicle was impounded.”

After obtaining a warrant, officers searched Hampton’s vehicle Nov. 3 and found 248 Oxycontin pills, Johnson said.

Upon his release from jail, Hampton went to get his impounded vehicle. At about 8 p.m., as he arrived at McMahan’s Wrecker Service on Chestnut Street in Berea, Hampton was arrested and charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

He was under the influence of Oxycontin when he arrived, according to the arrest citation.

Hampton was arraigned in Madison District Court on Nov. 6, but charges were dropped Wednesday because a federal indictment dealing with the same incident had been returned.

The Nov. 6 indictment claims that Hampton “did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance.”

If convicted, Hampton could face up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

In two separate investigations in October, the CKADTF arrested several Michigan residents in one of the largest drug busts in Madison County.

In those two cases combined, nearly $200,000 and 1,560 Oxycontin pills were seized, Johnson said.

While Hampton also is from Michigan, Johnson said the case does not appear to be related.



Lorie Love can be reached at llove@richmondregister.com or 624-6690.

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