Police add one more to roundup list
PRESTONSBURG - Floyd County law enforcement officers were still making arrests Friday from a drug roundup that started Wednesday morning.
Sheriff John K. Blackburn found Racheal Tackett in a motel, allegedly hiding out from police, and arrested her to add her name to the list of 29 other alleged dealers throughout Floyd County.
Arraignments for those netted in the roundup started Thursday in circuit court. Bonds ranged from $10,000 to $60,000 cash, 10 percent or property, depending on the charges and the history of the individual.
Most of the people who were arrested waived thier right to have an attorney present in order to go ahead with their arraignment. There was only one defendant who appeared in front of Judge Danny Caudill who was not appointed an attorney from the public advocates office.
Judge Caudill was quick to let the 16 sitting in his courtroom know who was in charge when they started mumbling and talking amongst themselves.
"If you want to talk, it is not going to be in my courtroom." Caudill said sternly. He then instructed the bailiffs to watch the defendants closely and not let them talk.
Friday afternoon there were only 10 people arrested in the roundup still in jail. But while those who have been released have been able to come up with cash to pay their bonds, most have been granted court-appointed attorneys because of a lack of income.
The next scheduled court appearance starts Wednesday for this group, and the pretrial conferences are currently being scheduled for Nov. 4.
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