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Saundra Taggart found guilty on charges of Trafficking in Drugs
March 12, 2007

Press Release For Immediate Release March 8, 2007

(Hamilton, Ohio) Saundra Taggart was found guilty by a Butler County Jury on March 7, 2007, in the courtroom of the Honorable Judge Pater. It only took 45 minutes for the jury to deliberate and return its guilty verdict on charges of Trafficking in Drugs, a felony of the fifth degree. Defendant Taggart has a previous conviction of Illegal Processing of Drug Documents in November 2004.

A detective in plain clothes was pumping gas in his unmarked vehicle, when he saw the defendant approach a van and give the driver six hydrocoden pills. The detective then watched the defendant return to her car. When the detective approached the defendant, the operator of the van got out and came over asking to purchase more pills. Both were arrested. The driver of the van was charged with possession of drugs, a misdemeanor of the third degree.

Prosecutor Piper stated, “Our detectives are always observing their environment. Here is one of our detectives just putting gas in his car, when he sees drug activity and immediately investigates. We need to rid the community of these dangerous prescription drugs and with the help of police officers, deputies, and detectives like Hackney, we can get the job done. Prescription drugs are extremely addictive, easy to transport and end up taking over a person’s life. If anyone wants to help someone beat their addiction, they can remain anonymous if they want to, but they can call 1-888-NO2DOPE.

Taggart is scheduled to be sentenced on April 17, 2007.

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