KC student accused of selling drugs on school grounds enters plea

A Knox Central student accused of selling illegal drugs on school grounds appeared in court Friday.

Dante Brown, 18, of Barbourville was arrested Sept. 14 and charged with second degree trafficking in a controlled substance and first degree unlawful transaction with a minor. A juvenile was arrested along with Brown. The juvenile was transported to the Adair Youth Development Center.

After the arrests, Knox County Public Schools issued a statement saying, “ The use of drugs and other prohibited substances by our children is among the most serious concerns that we face as a community, state, and nation. As our schools reflect the issues and problems plaguing our country, they are not immune to the trend of increased illegal/unauthorized drug or substance abuse by students.”

At his arraignment Friday, Brown entered a not guilty plea and his attorney, Randall Jewell, entered a motion for discovery. The Commonwealth specified that although Brown remains a student at Knox Central, he is to have no contact with the victims.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for 1 p.m., Feb. 5. Brown will remain out of custody after posting a $5,000 bond.