, Corbin, KY

June 3, 2013

Laurel man appears in court for drug charges

The Times-Tribune



By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

An East Bernstadt man facing several charges in two separate cases stood before Judge Tom Jensen in Laurel County Circuit Court for a pretrial conference Friday.

Milford Allen Jr., 48, faces charges of trafficking in marijuana, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, three counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, endangering the welfare of a minor and receiving stolen property.

Allen was scheduled for a June 10 trial date, but in court Friday that was tentatively rescheduled.

Allen is now expected to appear for another pretrial conference on June 14.

Attorney Mike Brophy represents Allen in one case, and in a second case Allen is represented by attorney Stephan Charles.

Brophy explained to the court that the Commonwealth had made an offer to Allen, but that due to an illness was unable to review the documents properly.

He added that these two cases “can be worked out.”

Charles agreed with Brophy, and the pretrial date was set.

Jensen requested the Commonwealth’s Attorney decide before the next court appearance which case to discuss first, and provide that information to the defense.

Allen’s latest set of charges came after Laurel County Sheriff’s detectives Jason Back and Brad Mitchell served a search warrant on his Dean Hundley Road residence. That warrant was obtained after the sheriff’s office received several complaints.

Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy Gilbert Acciardo said the search uncovered about three pounds of marijuana, Xanax and hydrocodone pills, 13 rifles, 17 pistols, two flat-screen TVs and more than $45,000 in cash.

Allen was wearing a court-ordered ankle bracelet at the time.

His previous charges stem from a July 2012 arrest. In that case, Laurel County Sheriff John Root said Detective Sgt. Tommy Johnston investigated a complaint that a man was receiving stolen property at his residence in East Bernstadt.

Root said deputies went to the residence and retrieved a firearm reported stolen and discovered other items believed to be stolen.

Allen was arrested then and charged with receiving stolen property, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Property seized included in that case numerous rifles, a pressure washer, chain saws, power tools, a jewelry box and fishing equipment.

He was previously convicted in May 1988 for burglary and received five years in that case.

Allen remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center under two separate cash bonds of $50,000 each.