By Charlotte Underwood / Staff Writer
An East Bernstadt man accused of selling drugs while on home detention pleaded guilty to several charges in Judge Tom Jensen’s Laurel County Circuit Court on Friday.
Milford Allen Jr., 48, was charged with 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. He pleaded guilty to trafficking marijuana, more than eight ounces, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, according to court documents.
It was recommended by the Commonwealth that Allen serve seven years concurrently in prison for his crimes, though his sentencing hearing is not until August. It was also recommended by the Commonwealth that one count of trafficking in a third-degree controlled substance and one count of felony possession of a firearm be dismissed on the condition that all money, property and firearms seized from Allen be forfeited, according to court records.
Allen’s sentencing court date has been set for Aug. 16 at 1 p.m.
Allen’s 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 stemmed 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.