Woman accused of trafficking heroin


A Brooklyn, Ohio woman was arraigned Tuesday morning in Fayette County Common Pleas Court for allegedly trafficking heroin.

Debra A. Jones, 63, was indicted on Friday, Aug. 21 on one count of illegal conveyance of drugs or prohibited items into the grounds of a detention facility or institution, a felony of the third degree; one count of trafficking in heroin, a felony of the fifth degree; and one count of possession of heroin, a felony of the third degree.

According to the official police report, Jones was changing in the Fayette County Jail when two officers assisting her saw Jones “cup a coin purse in her left hand that had been hidden inside her bra.”

The coin purse reportedly contained a pen cap and three small pieces of white/red paper. Each piece of paper was folded multiple times and contained an off-white powder, which was later field tested and showed positive for heroin, authorities said. Jones allegedly told authorities that there were three individual packages, each containing heroin, and that she was planning to sell the drugs to a friend in Cleveland.

Jones also reportedly told officers that she was a “middle man” and provided drugs to her friend two to three times a week or when her friend could not contact any other dealer. Jones allegedly stated that she had used narcotics herself but the three in Jones’ possession were to be sold to her friend.

Her trial is set for Oct. 8 at 8 a.m..

The court also arraigned Derek A. Crites on one count of burglary, a felony of the third degree, and theft, a felony of the fifth degree.

The indictment states that between the dates of June 28 and July 4, Crites entered the home of an elderly victim and without her consent, took a flat screen television.

Crites’ trial is set for Nov. 4 at 8 a.m..


By Kellee Bonnell

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