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Convicted of Heroin Trafficking, Man Escapes

A man convicted in Kenton County for trafficking heroin is wanted by the Kentucky State Police after escaping Friday.

Antoine Williams, 29, is last known to have lived in Cincinnati. The State Police offered no details on how the escape transpired, but the suspect fled the Two Rivers halfway house in Covington.

Williams was indicted in May of 2013 on several counts of trafficking heroin, ultimately pleading guilty in July, two months later. A 12-year prison sentence was recommended.

In an article by The River City News after the guilty plea, Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders explained Williams's history:

Covington Police Officer David Hoyle pulled Antoine Williams over for running a red light on West 9th Street at Pike.  Williams was driving on a suspended license, had numerous prior convictions for operating on a suspended license, and couldn't provide a verifiable address so he was arrested.  As every police officer does, Hoyle warned Williams that taking contraband into the jail will result in felony charges.  Williams claimed to have nothing illegal on his person.  While booking Williams into the Detention Center, however, jail deputies found a baggie containing 3.17g of heroin concealed in Williams' buttocks.  3.17g is far more heroin than any one person would possess for personal consumption.  Hoyle also searched Williams' cell phone and located numerous text messages indicating Williams was selling the heroin and providing "rigs" to users in order to consume the heroin.  Hoyle then charged Williams with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (heroin).

According to Kenton County Jail records, Williams was no longer a resident at the Covington facility as of March 2014. Kentucky State Police say they will pick up Williams wherever he is and for anyone with information to call Post 6 in Dry Ridge at 859.428.1212.

-Staff report

Photo: Antoine Williams (Kenton County Detention Center)