Drug Traffickers Sentenced To Prison

MT. VERNON -- Lorene Bostic, 52, of Mt. Vernon, was sentenced to two years imprisonment for two counts of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and one count of simulated sale of controlled substances, according to Rockcastle Commonwealth's Attorney Eddy F. Montgomery.

According to UNITE Prosecutor David L. Dalton, in August 2005 a confidential informant with Operation UNITE purchased pills from Bostic at a residence in Rainbow Ridge in Rockcastle County. Bostic told the informant that she was selling 4 Vicoden pills for $20. Lab reports later revealed that the pills were actually a non-controlled substance ­ methocarbamol. Methocarbamol is a pain relaxer much different and less addictive than Vicoden.

In October and December of 2005, an informant with Operation UNITE purchased Hydrocodone from Bostic at her residence.

At her sentencing hearing on Thursday, November 9, Bostic asked Circuit Judge Jeffery Burdette to probate her sentence. Bostic indicated that she had little criminal history.

Dalton countered that Bostic has engaged in this illegal behavior on at least three occasions and that it was unlikely this was her only involvement in illicit narcotics. Judge Burdette rejected the request for probation and sentenced Bostic to two years imprisonment.

Bobby Jo Delph, 38, of Brodhead, was sentenced to two years imprisonment for second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

In March 2005 Delph sold four Hydrocodone pills to a UNITE undercover officer. Delph was indicted in February 2006 by the Rockcastle Grand Jury and pled guilty to the charge in October.

At the sentencing hearing, Delph asked Judge Burdette to probate her sentence. Dalton argued that Delph had a troubling criminal history and that in this case ­ when she made the deal ­ she was carrying an infant in her arms. Dalton noted that Delph, by dragging an innocent child into this danger, should be sent to prison.

Dalton also reminded the Court that he had previously had to incarcerate Delph for failing to remain drug free while free on bond. Burdette denied the request for probation and sentenced Delph to two years imprisonment.

Doug Kirby, 35, of Brodhead, was sentenced to one year imprisonment for selling marijuana within 1000 yards of a school and for possession of marijuana, according to UNITE Prosecutor Dalton.

In February 2005 Kirby sold 6.1 grams of marijuana to confidential informant working for Operation UNITE for $60. When Kirby was arrested on the trafficking charge, he was apprehended at the 2005 Bittersweet festival in possession of more marijuana. Kirby resolved both cases by plea of guilty in August 2006.

At the sentencing hearing, Kirby asked the Court to probate his sentence. Dalton countered that Kirby's arrest for possession of marijuana at a public festival, when countered with his past sale of marijuana, made him a poor candidate for probation. Dalton stated that Kirby needed jail time to impress upon him the seriousness of the charges.

Judge Burdette overruled the request for probation, sentenced Kirby to one year imprisonment, and had him taken into custody to begin service of his sentence.

Montgomery thanked Operation UNITE for their handling of these cases.

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