WILLIAMSON – An alleged drug dealer from Mingo County, Sandra Prater, 66, of the Delbarton area, who had been a fugitive for several months, was arraigned on Tuesday afternoon.
Prater pleaded not guilty on felony drug charges during her appearance before Mingo County Circuit Judge Miki Thompson. Assistant Prosecutor Josh Ferrell represented the state, while Jeff Simpkins stood in as Prater’s legal representative for her arraignment.
Her bond was set at $100,000 by Judge Thompson.
Simpkins asked the judge to set reasonable bond due to Prater’s heart condition.
Prater was recently arrested in Ohio and was extradited back to West Virginia on Monday. She is lodged in the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden.
A West Virginia State Police (WVSP) investigation identified Prater as the primary financial supporter of a prescription drug trafficking ring in Mingo County, according to Sgt. M.S. Lively.
Prater’s alleged drug activity was discovered during the murder investigation of Roland Stafford of Taylorville.
Prater was recently indicted by a Mingo County Grand Jury on three counts of conspiracy to delivery of a Scheduled II controlled substance (oxycodone) and four counts of delivery of a Scheduled II controlled substance (oxycodone) during the April, 2015 session.
At that time a warrant was issued for her arrest after she failed to show for an arraignment. Prater’s name had been entered into the National Crime Information Center database by the WVSP
Sgt. Lively, the Williamson detachment commander, said information was obtained concerning Prater’s whereabouts near Columbus, Ohio. The U.S. Marshals service in Franklin County was notified and they arrested Prater on the warrants.
Prater’s pre-trial hearing is scheduled for July 23 by Judge Thompson and her trial date is slated for August 23.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)