Bench warrants have been issued for the arrest of an Oldham County teenager charged with trafficking in heroin.
Cody Russo, 18, was arrested in May for possession of heroin, and did not appear in district court on June 11.
Kentucky State Police arrested Russo in Pendleton in May after stopping him for not wearing a seat belt.
During the stop, Russo allegedly kicked a plastic bag containing eight grams of heroin under the car. The heroin has an estimated street value of $984.
He was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, no seat belt and license not in possession. He bonded out of Carroll County Detention Center on May 28.
A warrant was issued for his arrest on May 30 for a probation violation and a $1,000 bench warrant was issued on June 11 for failure to appear in district court.
Trooper Barrett Brewer is leading the ongoing investigation.
Heroin is a highly addictive drug derived from morphine, which is obtained from the opium poppy.
It is a “downer” or depressant that affects the brain’s pleasure systems and interferes with the brain’s ability to perceive pain.
In 2010, Russo was indicted in Henry County as a 16-year-old for 1st degree robbery and 1st degree assault, both Class C felonies; bribing a public servant, a class C felony; and possession of marijuana and conspiracy to commit bribing a witness, both class A misdemeanors.
The charges stemmed from an incident in which Russo and a friend allegedly assault Stormy Gunter and stole cash from Josh Krommer. Though he was a minor at the time, he was charged as an adult because of the seriousness of the crime.
According to Local archives, in December 2010, Circuit Court Judge Karen Conrad admonished Russo.
“If you are convicted of a felony charge at your age, you have everything to lose,” she told the teen at the time.
At the December 2010 hearing, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office reluctantly agreed to a loosening of Russo’s home incarceration conditions.
In March 2011, Russo was returned to home incarceration after the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office received what they described as “a troubling” report from Russo’s school —Buckner Alternative School.
At the time, Commonwealth’s Attorney Barry Moore said the report listed “daily infractions” between Jan. 1, 2011, and March 10, 2011.
During the hearing, Conrad again admonished Russo.
“I think (Moore’s) trying to keep you as a diversion candidate, but it’s slipping away,” she said. “It seems like you’re about ready to explode. I’ve been trying to find a day when you’ve had a good day all day long.”
Russo was on diversion for the 2010 indictment, and was scheduled for a show cause hearing in Henry Circuit Court on June 14, for which he also did not appear.
After Russo’s arrest in May, the Commonwealth Attorney’s office filed a motion to revoke the teen’s diversion.
Anyone with information on Russo’s whereabouts is asked to notify KSP Post 5 at 532-6363.
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