Saturday, March 15, 2003

Ex-NKU Foundation chief now indicted


Alford could get 10 years in prison

The Associated Press

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, - The former head of the Northern Kentucky University Foundation was indicted Thursday on a charge of selling marijuana.

A Campbell County grand jury charged James Alford, 52, with trafficking in marijuana within 1,000 yards of a school. The indictment included a gun specification, which increases the maximum penalty from five years to 10 years in prison.

Highland Heights police and the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force arrested Alford in December at his condominium after a month's investigation. During a raid, police said they confiscated about 12 ounces of marijuana, digital scales, plastic baggies used to package the drug and a .38-caliber revolver.

Alford served as president and CEO of the Northern Kentucky University Foundation, an organization separate from the university. He was responsible for managing and investing millions of dollars in donations and endowments. Alford resigned after the arrest.

Investigators said they found no ties between Alford's position and his alleged drug selling.

Alford's arraignment will be next Friday. He remains free on bond.




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