Former high school basketball player is indicted

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A former Prestonsburg High School basketball player is indicted on charges he sold drugs at school.

18 year old Warren Blackburn is accused of selling marijuana to students as young as 13 years old.

Officials say 18 year old Warren Blackburn is done on the basketball court and will now instead be in court, answering to allegations he was selling marijuana outside Prestonsburg High School.

“There's a long list of students we know for a fact he was trafficking to because he gave a confession to that effect. There were students as young as 13 years of age,” Floyd County Attorney Keith Bartley said.

Prestonsburg police say they caught Blackburn selling drugs after school in the fast food parking lot next to school.

Investigators say the K-9 unit found several bags of marijuana in the car and say Blackburn admitted he was selling them for 25 dollars a bag, possibly making more than 100 dollars per day.

“Based on his confession to the Prestonsburg Police Department, it was an extended period of time in which he dealt drugs within Prestonsburg High School,” Bartley said.

Blackburn's defense attorney did not want to do an interview and declined to comment on the allegations.

“We’re realistic to know in today's world, he's not the only drug dealer out there selling to kids 13 years of age, but he's the one we caught and we need to prosecute,” Bartley said.

Blackburn is out of jail on bond, but the district judge ordered him not to be within 500 feet of any school.

Blackburn is scheduled to be arraigned in circuit court on February 25th.

Last month, the superintendent said the school system is also looking into punishments at school.

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