Nearly 64 percent of all indictments issued by the last Franklin County grand jury were for drug related offenses.

The last grand jury’s term began Oct. 23, 2012, and ended March26, 2013.

A new jury will be impaneled soon and begin hearing evidence in cases, according to Prosecuting Attorney Bob Parks.

Indictments issued by the grand jury mean that those cases bypass the normal preliminary hearing process in associate circuit courts and go directly to circuit court for arraignment and trial setting.

By law, information about cases heard by the grand jury may not be released until defendants are arrested and served indictments.

A total of 166 cases were presented to the last grand jury which issued criminal indictments in all but one of those cases.

Of those 166 indictments, 105, or 63.5 percent, were for drug-related crimes, according to a report prepared by the prosecutor’s office.

Twenty-six indictments, 15.6 percent of the total, were issued in drunk driving cases; nine, or 5.5 percent, were issued for defendants accused of various types of assault; four, 2.4 percent, for sex-related crime; and 16, 9.7 percent, for robbery, burglary and stealing offenses.

Following is a breakdown of the charges issued by the last grand jury:

Drug Charges

Possession of controlled substances, 73;

Trafficking in the first or second degree, seven;

Manufacture/attempt to manufacture a controlled substance, 10;

Possession with intent to distribute, eight;

Possession with intent to create a controlled substance, three;

Producing a controlled substance, one.


Stealing, six;

Burglary in the first or second degree, four;

Robbery in the first degree, six; and

Receiving stolen property, two.

Sex Crimes

Statutory rape/sodomy in the first or second degree, four;

Endangering the welfare of a child, two.


Assault in the first or second degree, four;

Assault of a law enforcement officer, one;

Domestic assault in the first or second degree, one;

Aggravated stalking first offense, one;

Resisting arrest, one; and

Leaving the scene of an accident, one.

Miscellaneous Charges

Unlawful use of a weapon, three;

Unlawful possession of a firearm, one; and

Delivering/concealing prohibited articles on premises, one.