Two men facing drug charges will have their cases heard by a Madison grand jury and requests for bond reductions were denied Wednesday in Madison District Court.

Shannon R. Alexander, 23, of Detroit, Mich., and Kenny D. Bledsoe, 38 of Richmond had a preliminary hearing before Judge Brandy O. Brown who decided there was enough probable cause to send the case to a grand jury.

The men were arrested Aug. 25 and possessed 425 Percocet 30 mg tablets valued at $12,750 and $13,000 in cash, according to a testimony by Sgt. Jason Sloan with the Berea Police Department’s drug task force.

Deputies with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office stopped the vehicle around 5:30 p.m. on I-75 near mile marker 95, said Dep. Willard Reardon, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office.

The Central Kentucky Area Drug Task Force also assisted in the arrests.

The vehicle, driven by a friend who was giving them a ride to a bus station, was stopped for speeding along the Interstate after being followed for several miles by undercover police, Sloan said.

The driver gave consent to search the vehicle after being stopped and the cash was located in Alexander’s luggage, Sloan said. Alexander was sitting in the backseat of the vehicle with his son, he said.

Alexander admitted he had an active warrant out of Michigan after a social service agency became involved with the case, Sloan said.

The pills were allegedly located inside a large Arizona Tea can.

Undercover police previously had made a purchase from the men, and the evidence was recorded on video, he said.

Alexander remains in the Madison County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond because of his warrant and Bledsoe is being lodged on a $15,000 cash bond.

Brown denied requests for bond reductions because “... both have records of similar crimes in other states.” She also referred to the men as serious flight risks and said lowering their bonds would be “... too risky.”

Alexander is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, a Class C felony, and giving a police office a false name or address, a Class B misdemeanor.

Bledsoe is charged only with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

Ronica Shannon can be reached at rshannon@ richmondregister.com or 624-6608.

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