Tuesday, November 07, 2000

Drug trial set for teens

2 of 3 girls released from detention center

By Steve Kemme
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Three teen-age girls accused of selling 100 “ecstasy” capsules will stand trial Dec. 12 in Butler County Juvenile Court.

        Judge David Niehaus set the trial date Monday after learning that the prosecution and the attorneys for the girls could not reach a plea agreement.

        The judge allowed two of the girls to be released from the county's juvenile detention center and be placed under house arrest in their parents' homes.

        The two released from the detention center were: a 17-year-old from Elsmere, Ky., who is charged with complic ity to trafficking in drugs and permitting drug abuse; and a 15-year-old from Fort Mitchell, who is charged with complicity to trafficking in drugs.

        Judge Niehaus ordered a 17-year-old Cincinnati girl — charged with trafficking in drugs, the most serious of the charges — to be sent back to the juvenile detention center.

        The girls, who are friends, were arrested Oct. 21 in a Kmart parking lot by Butler County sheriff's deputies. Police said the girls sold 100 ecstasy capsules to an undercover police officer.

        Ecstasy is a stimulant that has become popular at dance clubs, bars and parties.


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