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Pulaski Woman Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges

SOMERSET -- In a press release from Operation Unite officials, a Pulaski County woman pled guilty to drug charges stemming from an investigation by the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, Commonwealth's Attorney Eddy F. Montgomery announced Friday, January 4.

Wanda Lou Trotter, 36, of Burnside, pled guilty to first-degree possession of controlled substances and second-degree trafficking in controlled substance, according to UNITE Prosecutor David L. Dalton.

In March 2007, a confidential informant with the Pulaski County Sheriff¹s Office purchased 2 Hydrocodone pills from Trotter, Dalton said. During a separate investigation the following month, Trotter was found to illegally be in possession of a 40 mg OxyContin pill.

A detective with Operation UNITE assisted the Sheriff's Office on the case regarding the possession of OxyContin.

Trotter was indicted by the Pulaski County Grand Jury in October 2007 for the drug offenses and was scheduled for trial on January 22, Montgomery said.

At a hearing Friday before Pulaski Circuit Judge Jeffrey T. Burdette, Trotter entered a plea of guilty to both drug offenses. Dalton stated that based upon Trotter¹s lengthy criminal history ­ which includes shoplifting,
possession of heroin, DUI, and theft by deception ­ he would recommend 10
years imprisonment.

Following her plea of guilty, Trotter was taken back into custody pending her final sentencing, set by Judge Burdette for January 24.

Montgomery expressed his thanks to Pulaski County Sheriff Todd Wood and his office for their diligent efforts in the case.


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