Columbus man faces Gallia drug charges

Amber Gillenwater

February 28, 2014

GALLIPOLIS — A central Ohio man currently serving a prison sentence through the Franklin County Common Pleas Court was recently arraigned in the Common Pleas Court of Gallia County on a felony drug possession charge.

Tyreece O. Jefferson, 32, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, pleaded not guilty during a hearing last week to one count of first-degree felony drug possession after he was allegedly in the possession of 27.50 grams of cocaine hydrochloride on Jan. 16, 2013, while in Gallia County.

A warrant was issued in this case on Sept. 12, 2013, after an indictment was filed. A notice of place of imprisonment was later filed in this case in January by the defendant who is currently incarcerated in the Noble Correctional Institution.

During last week’s hearing, the defendant pleaded not guilty. His bond was set at 50,000, 10 percent, and he was remanded to the custody of the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, where he will be transported back to a state prison.

According to information contained on the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation’s website, Jefferson was committed to prison through Franklin County for a charge of attempted abduction and is serving a one-year and five-month sentence.

He is slated to be released Jan. 28, 2015.

According to the Franklin County Clerk of Courts online docket, Jefferson was present in court in September 2012 and charged with one count of burglary and one count of abduction in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

He later pleaded guilty to attempted abduction in this case on June 13, 2013, while the charge of burglary was dismissed by the prosecution in this case.

During a hearing on Oct. 10 of last year, Jefferson was sentenced to 17 months of prison and given credit for 43 days jail time served.

According to information filed with the Gallia County Clerk of Courts, a negotiated plea agreement in his local case may be filed by March 17 and a jury trial has been set for April 1 in Gallia County.