Inmate charged with drug smuggling

By Kevin Wheatley Published:

An inmate in Franklin County Regional Jail has been indicted for allegedly smuggling drugs into jail when returning from work release.

Jail officers searched the cell of Casey Swafford, 27, of Knox County, after receiving a tip that he’d been bringing drugs to the jail after working on a highway crew, Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland said.

Officers found oxymorphone, an opiate, hidden in one of Swafford’s bedposts during the Feb. 15 search, Cleveland said.

Swafford is serving a five-year sentence for receiving stolen property in Knox County. Class D felons, such as Swafford, serve their sentences in county jails rather than penitentiaries, according to Cleveland.

“They don’t send those guys to the penitentiary,” Cleveland said. “They house them all in county jails.

“And luck of the draw, (Swafford) got farmed out to Franklin County.”

Swafford faces charges of promoting contraband, possession of an opiate and being a persistent felon. He’s been convicted of receiving stolen property over $300 in Knox Circuit Court April 2009 and receiving a stolen firearm in the same court December 2009.

In other grand jury action, a Frankfort couple has been indicted for allegedly stealing and forging checks from the woman’s mother totaling more than $8,200.

Karla Woods, 44, of 853 Cardwell Lane, stole checks from her mother, Patricia Green, and made them payable to herself and her husband, 27-year-old Steven Woods, between Aug. 17 and Nov. 28, Cleveland said.

“... She and her husband Steven Woods forged them and cashed them,” Cleveland said. “There are 33 such checks over approximately a three-month period ranging in amount from $100 to $500.”

The checks total slightly more than $8,200 over that timeframe, according to the indictment.

Green suspected Karla Woods had forged checks from her account and confronted Woods, Cleveland said. Woods admitted to forging them, according to Cleveland.

Both Steven and Karla Woods face 33 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Other indictments returned by the grand jury include:
>Joshua Witten, 27, and Teresa Johnson, 46, both of 200 Schenkel Lane Lot 53, receiving stolen property.
Witten is charged as a persistent felon. He was convicted of seven counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, second-degree burglary, receiving stolen property and theft by unlawful taking in Franklin Circuit Court August 2003; receiving a stolen firearm, criminal possession of a forged instrument and seven counts of theft by deception in Franklin Circuit Court July 2004; and second-degree escape in Fayette Circuit Court November 2005.

>John Goettel, 30, of 120 Kimberly Drive, three counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and being a persistent felon. Goettel was convicted of second-degree assault and possession of a controlled substance in Franklin Circuit Court November 2003 and five counts of complicity to second-degree robbery March 16.

>Wesley Hamilton, 39, of Prestonsburg, two counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of property.

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