GALLIPOLIS — Two Gallia County men currently serving probation sentences after pleading guilty to various drug offenses, were both recently arraigned in the Common Pleas Court of Gallia County and charged with possessing weapons under disability.
Roger L. Ward, 68, Vinton, pleaded not guilty to having weapons while under disability and to the unlawful possession of a dangerous ordinance during a hearing on Friday.
In his previous case, Ward was arrested in early November 2011 and served with an indictment charging him with three counts of trafficking in drugs, three counts of drug possession and one count of receiving stolen property.
The indictment in this case alleges that Ward sold or offered to sell one 80 milligram Oxycontin tablet and was in the possession of the said tablet on July 22, 2010. Additionally the indictment alleges that Ward also sold or offered to sell eight five milligram oxycodone tablets, as well as nine 80 milligram Oxycontin tablets on July 27, 2010, and was in the possession of said drugs.
The indictment further outlines a charge of receiving stolen property that was filed along with the older drug charges following a search warrant that was executed by Gallia County Sheriff’s deputies on September 19, 2011, at Ward’s residence. During the search, officers reportedly located a Ruger single-six revolver, property that the defendant had reasonable cause to believe was stolen.
After negotiating a plea agreement in this case, Ward was sentenced in March of 2012 to two years of probation after he pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree felony charge of trafficking in drugs.
Charges in Ward’s newest case were filed on October 10 after he was allegedly in the possession of several firearms on September 10, 2013, and had not been relieved of firearms disability as, in his previous common pleas case, had been convicted of a felony offense involving the illegal sale, distribution or trafficking in drugs.
The indictment in this case states that on September 10, Ward was in the possession of a Rossi chrome .38 special revolver, a Marlin 30/30 with scope, a Springfield 22 rifle, a Norinko SKS and a Ruger 10/22, a felony of the third degree.
In addition, Ward was also allegedly unlawfully in the possession of a H&R sawed-off shotgun and a single shot 20 gauge shotgun on September 10, a fifth degree felony.
Ward was reportedly arrested on a warrant on indictment on October 24, and during his arraignment hearing on Friday, he pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. His bond was set at $25,000, own recognizance, and he was later released from the Gallia County Jail.
A negotiated plea agreement in this case may be filed by January 20 and a jury trial has been scheduled for February 19.
In a separate common pleas case, Malachi J. Sheets, 26, Patriot, was arraigned on Friday and also pleaded not guilty to having weapons under disability, trafficking in drugs and the possession of drugs.
In his previous case, Sheets was indicted in April 2012 and pleaded not guilty to selling or offering to sell one 80 milligram oxycodone tablet on September 27, 2011, and to being in possession of the said drug, as well as selling or offering to sell one 40 milligram oxymorphone tablet on October 2, 2011, and being in the possession of that drug on the day in question.
After negotiating a plea agreement in this case, Sheets pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking drugs and one count of possession and was sentenced on June 14, 2013, to 24 months of community control.
A search warrant was later conducted at the defendant’s residence on Boggs Road on September 12. During this search, officers reportedly found a firearm that the defendant had access to. In addition, officers were also reportedly able to charge the defendant with trafficking in drugs and drug possession following the incident.
As a result of this search, the defendant was arrested and subsequently pleaded not guilty to probation violations in this case. He was later released on an own recognizance bond on September 20 in this case. A final hearing on the alleged community control violations has been set for November 25.
A new indictment charging the defendant with having weapons under disability, drug trafficking and drug possession was filed on October 10 with the Gallia County Clerk of Courts.
According to this indictment, the defendant — having not been relieved on disability — was allegedly in the possession of a Winchester, model 12, 20 gauge shotgun, a felony of the third degree, and also sold or offered to sell 0.4 grams of Heroin on September 10 and was allegedly in the possession of the drug on the date in question.
The indictment further specifies that the defendant forfeit, to the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, $1,999 in cash, as the money was confiscated as proceeds of drug trafficking.
Sheets was subsequently arrested on a warrant on indictment on October 25 and was arraigned in the common pleas court on the same date.
He was released on Friday on a $25,000, own recognizance bond. A negotiated plea agreement in this case may be filed by December 2. A jury trial has been set for December 18.