Once again, felony drug-related offenses dominated the Franklin County grand jury which ended its six-month term Sept. 27.

A new jury has been impaneled and will begin hearing evidence in cases this month, Prosecuting Attorney Bob Parks said.

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 175 cases were presented to the last grand jury which began its term April 26, 2011.

The panel issued indictments in all but one of those cases.

Of the total cases reviewed, 102 indictments, or roughly 58 percent, were issued in drug-related cases, according to a report prepared by the prosecutor’s office.

Thirty-five indictments, 20 percent, were issued in driving while intoxicated cases; 10, 5.7 percent for assaults; 10, 5.7 percent for sex-related crimes; and five, 2.85 percent, were issued for burglary, stealing and arson offenses.

The grand jury handed up indictments in first- and second-degree murder cases.

Following is a breakdown of the charges issued by the grand jury from Oct. 26 through March 22:

Drug Charges

Possession of controlled substances, 65;

Distribution/delivery/sale of a controlled substance, three;

Possession of methamphetamine precursors/chemicals, eight;

Trafficking in the first or second degree, five;

Manufacturing a controlled substance, eight;

Possession with intent to distribute, eight;

Possession with intent to create a controlled substance, two;

Producing a controlled substance, one.


Stealing, two;

Burglary in the first or second degree, two;

Arson, one.

Sex Crimes

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

Child molestation, three;

Possession of child pornography, one;

Failure to register as a sex offender, one.


Assault in the first or second degree, eight;

Assault of a law enforcement officer, one;

Domestic assault in the first or second degree, one.

Miscellaneous Charges

Unlawful use of a weapon, two;

Child abuse, two;

Endangering the welfare of a child, one;

Fail to pay withholding tax, one.