Two Frankfort brothers and a woman could be facing decades — and possibly life — in prison after a traffic stop yielded large quantities of deadly opioids along with other narcotics.
Christopher Miller, 29, Steven Miller, 26, and Ann Thompson, 52, were each indicted Tuesday in Franklin County Circuit Court on charges stemming from a traffic stop April 9 when officers recovered opioids, methamphetamine and marijuana. Christopher Miller and Thompson face up to life in prison if convicted on Class A felonies related to the stop, while Steven Miller faces up to 20 years in prison on Class B felonies.
The Millers and Thompson, all of Frankfort, are in custody at the Franklin County Regional Jail. The Millers are being held without bond, and Thompson has a $50,000 cash bond.
The three had previously been indicted in the case, Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland said, but the case came back before a grand jury after further lab reports.
“The officer preliminarily thought one of the substances was heroin,” Cleveland said. “When it comes back from the lab, though, it’s fentanyl.”
Fentanyl is a highly potent opioid estimated to be about 100 times more potent than morphine.
Cleveland said officers recovered 1.5 grams of fentanyl, an amount that even in the heyday of the deadly opioid would have been above average.
During the traffic stop, the group also allegedly possessed more than 2 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana and more than 20 capsules of Gabapentin — a non-narcotic prescription opioid, known as “johnnies” or “gabbies” among users, that has sometimes filled the void left by a decreasing willingness among doctors to prescribe fentanyl, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports.
Cleveland said the decreased presence of fentanyl has been seen in law enforcement as well, but it has been replaced by other drugs.
“It’s getting more rare,” Cleveland said. “Unfortunately, it still does make its way through from time to time. But we’re seeing more meth than anything.”
Officers also allegedly recovered a stolen handgun during the traffic stop, which further aggravates the charges against the trio — all of whom have felony records.
Christopher Miller and Thompson each face two counts of first-degree enhanced trafficking in fentanyl, second or greater offense, and first-degree enhanced trafficking in more than 2 grams of methamphetamine, second or greater offense, both Class A felonies; third-degree enhanced trafficking in more than 20 units of Gabapentin, second or greater offense, and convicted felon in possession of a handgun, both Class C felonies; and enhanced possession of marijuana, enhanced possession of drug paraphernalia and receiving a stolen firearm, all Class D felonies.
Steven Miller faces two counts of first-degree enhanced trafficking in fentanyl, first offense, and first-degree enhanced trafficking in more than 2 grams of methamphetamine, first offense, both Class B felonies; convicted felon in possession of a handgun, a Class C felony; third-degree enhanced trafficking in more than 20 units of Gabapentin, first offense, enhanced possession of marijuana, enhanced possession of drug paraphernalia and receiving a stolen firearm, all Class D felonies; and eight counts of first-degree persistent felony offender.