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Cocaine trafficker pleads guilty

Sentencing set for June 27


A Huntington, W.Va., woman admitted to drug trafficking charges Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Courtney Mitchell, 23, of 216 28th St., pleaded guilty to first degree trafficking in cocaine, third-degree tampering with evidence and misdemeanor endangering children.

The indictment specified Mitchell was involved in trafficking 44 grams of cocaine and had $1,104 in her possession.

Another count of possession of cocaine was dropped for Mitchell’s guilty plea.

Judge Charles Cooper scheduled sentencing for June 27.

Mitchell was represented by attorney Scott Evans.

In early April, Mitchell and three others were arrested when an officer with the Hanging Rock Police Department stopped a vehicle they were in. The officer said the passengers began to act suspiciously. A search of the car and suspects netted 44 grams of cocaine and more than $2,000 in cash.

Angela Cooper, 29, of 624 Tenth St., Huntington W.Va., Hollie Davis, 43, of 5866 Davis Creek Road, Barboursville, W.Va., and David Hansard, 29, of 2890 Clermont Road, Columbus, are the co-defendants named in the case and have yet to be prosecuted.

Hansard pleaded not guilty in May to his charges of first-degree trafficking in cocaine and possession of cocaine.

In other cases:

• Tim Sanders, 58, of 6705 County Road 19, Kitts Hill, was arraigned on fifth-degree retaliation and misdemeanor counts of using weapons while intoxicated and disrupting public services.

Sanders pleaded not guilty through his attorney, John Kehoe.

Special Prosecuting Attorney Brenda Neville suggested bond be continued from a lower court.

Cooper continued bond and set a pretrial for June 27.

• Stephen Graham, 34, of 1843 County Road 69, Proctorville, was arraigned on one count of fourth-degree grand theft.

Graham pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Mike Gleichauf.

Cooper continued bond from a lower court and set a pretrial for July 3.

• Barbara McCaffrey, 26, of 76 Township Road 1336, South Point, was arraigned on one count of fourth-degree theft of drugs.

McCaffrey pleaded not guilty through her attorney, Mike Gleichauf.

Gleichauf asked for an own-recognizance or property bond for his client, but Cooper set bond at $10,000 cash or surety as recommended by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson.

Cooper set a pretrial for June 13.