3 Indicted on Federal Heroin Charges
Three accused of distributing heroin in Kenton County now face federal charges.
One of the suspects was arrested in April after barricading himself inside a Latonia home. The other was busted in Erlanger and was a former local high school sports standout.
Though all three were previously housed in the Kenton County Detention Center facing local charges, their cases are now being prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
Duran Jefferson, 26, was a star football player at Holmes High School in Covington and was offered a scholarship to the University of Kentucky, an award that was withdrawn following several run-ins with the law. He was arrested by the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Task Force in December. He is accused of distributing heroin with James Howard, 25, on three occasions.
Howard made the news in April when he was arrested after barricading himself inside a home on Ashland Drive in Latonia.
Ryan Hayden, 24, also faces 2 charges of distributing heroin.
All face 20 years in prison if convicted.