3 federal prison inmates to be arraigned on drug charges

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.comFebruary 12, 2013 

Three federal prison inmates will be arraigned in the next few weeks on charges that they possessed heroin at U.S. Penitentiary Big Sandy in Martin County last summer, according to court documents.

Federal inmate Michael Degrasse, will be arraigned Feb. 21 in U.S. District Court in Ashland on a charge of possessing heroin at U.S. Penitentiary Big Sandy. Rashena Church was accused in a Feb. 8 indictment of providing heroin to Degrasse on Aug. 5, 2012. An arrest warrant was issued for Church Feb. 8, according to court records. Federal inmates John Rice and Kelvin Badger were indicted Feb. 8 on charges that they possessed heroin while inmates at the Big Sandy facility in the summer of 2012.

Badger will be arraigned on Feb. 21 in federal court in Ashland. Rice will be arraigned on March 6 in U.S. District Court in Pikeville, according to court documents. If convicted, each of the four face 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: (859) 231-3409. Twitter:@vhspears

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