Drug runner sentenced

2011-05-20T23:00:00Z 2011-05-23T22:48:06Z Drug runner sentencedWENDY MITCHELL wendy.mitchell@lee.net Ledger Independent

FLEMINGSBURG -- A Mount Olivet mother of two has been sentenced to five years in prison for illegally transporting drugs from Florida to Kentucky, Fleming County Circuit Court officials said Friday.

Rhonda Asbury, 31, was arrested in December 2010, by members of the Buffalo Trace Gateway Area Narcotics Task Force, following a yea-long investigation into prescription drug pipelines.

She was later indicted by a Fleming County grand jury on two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance.

Asbury and Justin Dryden of Ewing, who is still in the Fleming County Circuit court system, were stopped as they were driving on U.S. 68 in Fleming County after allegedly evading a police checkpoint.

Asbury was found in possession of more than 140 Oxycodone and 58 Xanex; she also had a warrant out of Robertson County on a trafficking marijuana charge, police said.

The pair was in Asbury's 2004 Buick with Dryden driving, police said. Dryden allegedly was in possession of more prescription drugs.

According to evidence in the vehicle, the pair apparently left Kentucky, traveled to the Tampa area and quickly returned with the pills, officials said.

"It was pretty much a down and back round trip," officials said.

The sentence will hopefully act as a deterrent to others who may consider making drug trips to Florida, a Task Force spokesperson said.

"We had her caught. There have been a lot of changes to the laws in efforts to manage prison populations. Many penalties have gotten lighter. A five-year sentence is good on this," said the spokesperson.

Asbury is being held in Mason County Detention Center.

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