By FRANK LEWIS PDT Staff Writer
A woman from Portsmouth and another from West Portsmouth have been bound over to the Greenup County Grand Jury on drug charges stemming from a sale made while a two-year-old child was in the car.
Erica Nicole Blair, 22, of Portsmouth and Tessa Potts, 42, of West Portsmouth appeared in Greenup Circuit Court Wednesday morning at 10:30 and had their cases bound over to the grand jury.
According to a spokeswoman for Greenup Circuit Court, bond of $20,000 cash remained in effect.
Blair is charged with three counts of trafficking of a controlled substance and one count of wanton endangerment.
Potts faces two counts of first degree trafficking of a controlled substance and a third charge of third degree trafficking in drugs and a charge of wanton endangerment.
Just as so many other arrangements to purchase illegal drugs are done by cellular phone, that was the method utilized by officers of the Greenup County Sheriff's Department.
Greenup County Sheriff Keith Cooper said his department made arrangements with the two women by cell phone to buy a quantity of Oxycodone tablets and Xanax bars, and said he and Deputy Darrell McCarty met with the two women on Springville Hill just outside of the South Shore city limits at around 2 p.m. to purchase the pills.
At that time, Blair and Potts were taken into custody just outside South Shore, Ky.
Cooper said both women were taken to Greenup County Detention Center where they were booked and placed in cells on $20,000 bond.
The pair was arraigned on all charges on Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Cooper said the pills that were delivered to McCarty and him have a street value of over $5,000.
According to deputies when they made the arrests there was a two-year-old child in the vehicle they were in at the time they made the transaction, leading to the wanton endangerment charges being lodged against each of them.