Heroin charge upped to trafficking
by Jack Latta
PRESTONSBURG — Drug charges against an Allen man grew in severity this week, after a possession charge was upgrading to trafficking.
James Edward DeRossett, 50, of Allen, was arrested last week on Route 1428, by Kentucky State Police troopers after being found in possession of heroin. On Monday of this week, the possession charge was dropped, and DeRossett was instead charged with first-degree trafficking.
First-degree trafficking in a controlled substance is a class C felony. If found guilty, DeRossett could be sentenced to between 5 and 10 years in prison.
According to the court record, DeRossett admitted traveling to Columbus, Ohio, to purchase heroin. The amount of heroin, which had not beeen released when the Times first reported this story, was called “significant” in Monday’s report, with an approximate street value of $23,800.
According to the initial police report, DeRossett was pulled over after police noted multiple registration stickers on his license plate, and after the vehicle “appeared to cross the center line.” The report states that DeRossett was acting “very nervous,” as his hands were shaking and he was breathing rapidly.
In addition to the charge of first-degree trafficking, DeRossett is charged with improper registration plate, failure to or improper signal, failure to produce insurance card and second-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified).
In the police report, DeRossett’s address is cited as Allen, though the home phone number he gave to police was tied to an address in Elizabethtown.
DeRossett was also linked to another heroin bust earlier this month, when he arranged bail for 47-year-old Melissa Calhoun, of East Point, after she was arrested by Prestonsburg Police Department on Stonecrest hill. According to Calhoun’s police report, she was found with heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, Xanax, and two loaded needles.
Court records indicate that Calhoun was released from jail on a $20,000 surety bond, which was signed by DeRossett.
DeRossett is currently being held in the Floyd County Detention Center on a $25,000 cash bond. DeRossett quickly made a $5,000 cash bond last week after his first arrest. He is next scheduled to appear in court May 8 for a preliminary hearing.
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