Cincinnati father brings two daughters along for heroin deal in Fort Wright

FORT WRIGHT, Ky. -- Police say a Cincinnati father took his two children to a parking lot in Fort Wright Thursday afternoon to sell several grams of heroin.

Joseph Gunter attempted to sell more than 10 grams of heroin outside a restaurant while leaving his two daughters, ages 6 and 8, in the car, according to investigators.

Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force (NKDSF) agents arrested 32-year-old Gunter, as well as 29-year-old Shalah Robinson, who authorities believe drove Gunter to multiple heroin deals around Kenton County during a two month period of time.

The young girls were not harmed and were released to the care of a relative, according to NKDSF spokesman Bill Mark.

Gunter faces three counts of trafficking in controlled substance, two counts of wanton endangerment and a count of promoting contraband. If convicted, he could spend up to 75 years in prison.

Robinson was charged with three counts of trafficking in controlled substance and two counts of wanton endangerment. Robinson's charges could bring up to 45 years if she's convicted.

Gunter and Robinson were taken to the Kenton County Detention Center.

Gunter, who has a previous drug trafficking conviction, pleaded not guilty Friday morning during video arraignment. His bond was set at $50,000.

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