He Was a Standout Local Athlete, but Now He's Back Behind Bars

After being released earlier than expected from prison, a former local standout athlete is back behind bars.

Duran Jefferson, 26, was arrested Wednesday when he checked in with his parole officer in Newport. He is charged with two counts of first degree trafficking in a controlled substance (second offense), B felonies, and one other count of trafficking (second offense), a Class C felony, as well as a Class D felony charge of trafficking within a thousand feet of a school.

According to the citation, Jefferson allegedly sold ten grams of heroin to an informant over the course of sales on four different occasions within the last ninety days. All of those sales happened in Kenton County, two of which took place within a thousand feet of AJ Lindeman Elementary School in Erlanger.

In January 2013, Jefferson was sentenced to 7 and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of trafficking cocaine. According to prison records, he was released in 2014 and placed on supervised release in August. Previous convictions include one for burglary.

Jefferson graduated from Holmes High School in 2007 where he was a star football player who was offered a scholarship to play for the University of Kentucky before that was withdrawn following run-ins with the law.

-Staff report

Photo: Duran Jefferson (provided)