Sunday, July 31, 2011

Hazard Drug Dealer Sentenced

  • {Kentucky}...Gordon Napier, 73, a Hazard man who violated his probation after being charged with drug trafficking, was sentenced Thursday to spend the next 10 years in prison. Napier was sentenced in two cases dating back to 2006 in which he was convicted for selling drugs in Perry County. Charges included multiple counts of drug trafficking and trafficking within 1,000 yards of a school. Napier had originally been sentenced to serve probation in the cases, but when he picked up charges in May in a new trafficking case his probation was revoked. Defense attorney Michael Roper discussed an alternative sentencing plan for Napier, who Roper said is a veteran dealing with medical complications. The alternative plan would have had Napier serve out his sentence at the veterans center in Hazard if he was accepted to the facility. Commonwealth’s Attorney Teresa Reed opposed the plan, noting that the veterans center is not a secure facility like a prison, and Napier should be able to receive adequate medical care while incarcerated. More time could potentially be added as an indictment against Napier, also alleging drug trafficking, was unsealed during his court appearance.