Bond set for accused drug peddlers

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 3, 2006

A get out of jail free card would have come in handy Wednesday for two Columbus people arrested earlier this month for alleged drug peddling.

Christopher Shy Carter, aka Tony Lark, 27, and Twanita T. Edwards, 28, were both arraigned in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Judge Richard Walton set bond at $500,000 cash or $1 million property for each defendant. Edwards’ attorney, Derick Fisher, had asked Walton to continue the $50,000 bond set in Lawrence County Municipal Court.

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“My client has no felony record, she’s had no trouble with the law and has four children which she cares for,” Fisher told Walton.

Edwards was indicted on two counts of complicity to trafficking in crack cocaine, fleeing and eluding and complicity to possession of crack cocaine.

Carter was indicted on two counts of trafficking in crack cocaine and one count each of possession of crack cocaine, tampering with evidence, falsification and possessing criminal tools. Both will return to court Aug. 16 for pretrial conferences.

Meanwhile, an Ironton man pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of trafficking in crack cocaine.

Josh Brofford, 22, of 2212 N. Fifth St., must complete a six- month rehabilitation program at the STAR Criminal Justice Center and serve four years community controlled sanctions.

Walton also ordered Brofford to surrender his driver’s license for six months, pay all court costs and a $2,500 fine. He was given credit for time served in jail awaiting resolution of his case.

Also, Damon Harris, 26, of 460 County Road 450, South Point, pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in crack cocaine and to violating the terms of his probation for an earlier drug conviction.

Walton granted a request from Lawrence County Prosecutor J.B. Collier Jr. that the charges against Harris be amended.

“Counts one and two refer to the amount of crack as being over 100 grams. We want to amend it to be an amount over 25 grams but less than 100 grams,” Collier said. “This would keep the charges first-degree felonies but take away the ‘major drug offender’ status, removing the 10-year mandatory prison term.”

Harris will be sentenced Oct. 25.