The second codefendant in a June 27 drug bust in Ottawa made his first appearance in court Wednesday morning.
Judge Kevin Kimball set a 9:30 a.m. Aug. 7 status conference in Franklin County District Court to review the case against Kenneth Lloyd, 51, Ottawa, who was arrested along with his estranged wife, Lori Lloyd, after Ottawa police officers found a “substantial amount” of illegal drugs in their vehicle during a traffic stop.
The Lloyds were booked into jail about 1 a.m. June 27 on identical charges of suspicion of intent to distribute opiates, opium, narcotics between 3.5 to 100 grams, possession of paraphernalia and no drug tax stamp, according to authorities.
Jack Hobbs, an Ottawa defense attorney, told Judge Kimball that he recently had been appointed as Lloyd’s defense counsel and asked for a status conference to give him an opportunity to review the case and meet with his client. A date for Lloyd’s preliminary hearing likely is to be set at the Aug. 7 status conference.
On Monday, Kimball set Lori Lloyd’s preliminary hearing for 2:30 p.m. July 19 in district court, 301 S. Main St., Ottawa. Lloyd, 49, Burlington, is being represented by Ottawa defense attorney John Boyd.
Police called in the Franklin County Drug Task Force to help process the case because of the amount of drugs found in the vehicle, Jeff Richards, Franklin County sheriff, said. The drug task force is administered through the sheriff’s office.
Richards declined further comment on the case because of the ongoing investigation. Prosecutors told the judge during Lori Lloyd’s first appearance Monday that law enforcement officers found about 14 grams of methamphetamine in the Lloyds’ possession.
She remains in jail on $15,000 bond, while Kenneth Lloyd is free on bond, awaiting his status conference.