Four People Arrested on Drug Charges in Ashland

By: Lou Pickney Email
By: Lou Pickney Email

ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Four people from Ashland face drug charges following a pair of busts by the Boyd County Sheriff's Department.

Investigators say a confidential informant bought morphine from 38-year-old Buddy Howard, 29-year-old Luke Bowden, and 35 year old Marcella Delong about 8:00 p.m. Wednesday. All three were arrested.

Deputies say a subsequent search revealed money, morphine, drug paraphernalia and other narcotics, all of which they seized.

Howard and Bowden are charged with trafficking a controlled substance, while Delong is charged with complicity to traffic a controlled substance.

About 11:00 p.m. Wednesday, deputies say they made an undercover buy of heroin from 51-year-old James Keller. Keller was arrested and charged with trafficking heroin. Investigators say a search of Keller's home revealed money, drug paraphernalia and additional heroin.

All four people are being held this morning in the Boyd County Detention Center.

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