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March 14, 2014

Woman involved in fatal hit-and-run crash with horse charged with drug trafficking

Federal prosecutors on Thursday filed drug trafficking charges against a 28-year-old Wichita woman who was involved last year in a hit-and-run crash that killed a man riding a horse.

Federal prosecutors on Thursday filed drug trafficking charges against a 28-year-old Wichita woman who was involved last year in a hit-and-run crash that killed a man riding a horse.

Elease Childers, 28, is facing one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. An affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint says that officers executing a search warrant Tuesday at an address in the 3900 block of West 17th Street North arrested Childers and seized 8 ounces of black tar heroin. Childers, Grissom said, received a package containing the drugs by mail from Los Angeles. The U.S. Postal Service discovered the heroin, he said, when the package was inspected at the postal processing center at 7117 W. Harry.

Childers was being held in Sedgwick County Jail on Thursday on the federal charges and two probation violations. There was no bond amount listed. She faces at least five years in federal prison and up to $5 million in fines if convicted.

In January, Childers was given probation for interfering with law enforcement in connection with the July 5 collision that left 49-year-old Lloyd Ferguson and his horse dead and seriously injured 6-year-old Eddie Caddell on 21st Street near Piatt, court records show. She was among four people charged in the case.

The driver of the one of two cars that hit Ferguson and the boy, George Childers, pleaded guilty to one count of leaving the scene of an injury accident and one count of interference with law enforcement in February. He is set for sentencing April 2. Colleen Fisher, 19, and Saquaya White, 31, were also given probation, court records show.

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