Convicted Drug Dealer Sentenced For Bail Jumping

JACKSON - A Breathitt County man who failed to report to jail after having been convicted of drug trafficking charges will spend an extra seven years in prison.

James "Jimmy" Napier, age 30, of Jackson, was originally sentenced to eight years for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, said UNITE Prosecutor Bruce Herald. During the sentencing hearing on May 6, 2005, former Circuit Judge Larry Miller released Napier from custody and gave him until May 13 to report to jail.

Acting upon a tip, a UNITE detective conducted an investigation and determined that Napier failed to report to jail, and instead had fled to Waco, Texas, Herald said.

Napier was subsequently captured in Knox, Indiana, and charged with first-degree bail jumping and second-degree persistent felony offender. He extradited back to Breathitt County and turned over to the Department of Corrections.

Circuit Judge Frank Allen Fletcher followed the recommendation of Commonwealth Attorney Darrell Herald and sentenced Napier to seven years in jail, to run consecutive to the eight years he was originally ordered to serve.

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In 2003, Fifth District Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers (R-Somerset) worked to create Operation UNITE, a regional anti-drug initiative empowering citizens groups and community leaders in 29 southern and eastern Kentucky counties. UNITE, which stands for Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment & Education, seeks to fight the drug epidemic by expanding drug awareness and education programs to keep people from using drugs; coordinating drug treatment and outreach programs for those who are already addicted; and operating regional undercover law enforcement task forces for interdiction and prosecution of those dealing drugs. Rogers has directed $33.1 million in federal funds to the counter-drug initiative over the past four years. For more information contact Karen Engle toll-free at 1-866-678-6483.

Drug Tip Hotline - 1-866-424-4382 / Treatment Referral Hotline - 1-866-90-UNITE (1-866-908-6483)

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