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Couple snared in drug bust

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 7/8/2013

A codefendant in a June 27 drug bust in Ottawa that involved the Franklin County Drug Task Force failed to get a bond reduction during her first appearance Monday morning in Franklin County District Court.

Judge Kevin Kimball denied defense attorney John Boyd’s motion to cut Lori Lloyd’s $15,000 bond in half and set her preliminary hearing for 2:30 p.m. July 19 in district court, 301 S. Main St., Ottawa.

A codefendant in a June 27 drug bust in Ottawa that involved the Franklin County Drug Task Force failed to get a bond reduction during her first appearance Monday morning in Franklin County District Court.

Judge Kevin Kimball denied defense attorney John Boyd’s motion to cut Lori Lloyd’s $15,000 bond in half and set her preliminary hearing for 2:30 p.m. July 19 in district court, 301 S. Main St., Ottawa.

Kimball also turned down Boyd’s request to lift the no-contact order between Lloyd, 49, and her husband, Kenneth Lloyd, 51, the other codefendant in the case.

Ottawa police officers arrested the Lloyds after finding illegal drugs in their vehicle during a traffic stop. The Lloyds were booked into jail about 1 a.m. June 27 on identical charges of suspicion of intent to distribute opiates, opium, narcotics between 3.5 to 100 grams, possession of paraphernalia and no drug tax stamp, according to authorities.

Police called in the county’s drug task force to help process the case because of the amount of drugs found in the vehicle, Jeff Richards, Franklin County sheriff, said. The drug task force is administered through the sheriff’s office.  

Richards declined further comment on the case because of the ongoing investigation.

Kenneth Lloyd is free on bond, awaiting his first court appearance 9 a.m. Wednesday before Judge Kimball in district court.

Boyd said the Lloyds had been in a “relationship for 30 years” and that Lori Lloyd was a longtime resident of the area and did not pose a flight risk if she were able to make bond. The jail booking reports listed Lori Lloyd as a Burlington resident and Kenneth Lloyd as residing in Ottawa.

James Ward, assistant Franklin County attorney, argued in court Monday morning that Lori Lloyd’s bond terms should not be modified.

“A substantial amount — I believe it was 14 grams — of methamphetamine was found [in the Lloyd’s possession],” Ward said. “I think a $15,000 bond is appropriate.”

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