Last updated: December 30. 2013 8:50PM - 2146 Views
Amber Gillenwater agillenwater@civitasmedia.com

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GALLIPOLIS — A Gallia County man arrested earlier this year following a drug bust at his Gallipolis residence, has been sentenced in the Common Pleas Court of Gallia County.

Joshua A. Stump, 24, Vinton, formerly of 10 Grape Street, Gallipolis, appeared before Common Pleas Judge D. Dean Evans earlier this month and was sentenced to 36 months of community control after pleading guilty to one count of drug trafficking.

Stump was arrested at approximately 4:41 p.m. on May 13 after Gallipolis Police Officers served a search warrant at his then Grape Street residence in the City of Gallipolis.

As a result of the search warrant, officers reportedly seized heroin, marijuana and large amount of cash, as well as a gun from the home. The raid was reportedly the result of an ongoing investigation by the police department into the illegal sale of drugs within the municipality, as well as the result of information provided to the police department by citizens who had observed suspicious activity at the residence.

The indictment in this case specifies that Stump allegedly sold or offered to sell one-tenth of a gram of heroin on April 30, in the vicinity of a juvenile and was in the possession of the drug at the time of the offense.

The indictment further outlines charges that the defendant sold or offered to sell one-half of a gram of heroin on May 12, also in the vicinity of a juvenile, had prepared a total of 6.5 grams of heroin for sale on May 13 — drugs that were intended to be sold — and was in the possession of the drug on the date specified.

In addition, the indictment also contains a forfeiture specification that states that a total of four televisions, a DVD player, a home theater system, an Xbox 360, a Playstation 3, two home surveillance systems, as well as $611 in cash be subject to forfeiture to the Gallipolis Police Department as these items were allegedly proceeds derived from or were acquired through the commission of trafficking in drugs.

The indictment in this case was filed on May 16, and, due to an illness and his subsequent hospitalization, a summons was later issued for Stump’s appearance in court.

The defendant was arraigned on June 12 in the common pleas courtroom and later entered a guilty plea on October 7 — pleading guilty to one count of trafficking in drugs, a third degree felony.

During a hearing held in this case on December 20, Stump was sentenced to three years of probation and was further ordered to successfully complete any recommended treatment program at the Refuge Ministries Program.

According to the journal entry filed in this case, the defendant “shall execute a release so his probation officer may receive program reports form this agency,” and, if Stump fails to successfully complete the treatment program, it will be considered a violation of his community control.

The defendant was further ordered to pay a mandatory fine of $5,000 and forfeit $611 to the Gallipolis Police Department as well as a surveillance system. All other items that were seized during the May raid were ordered to be returned to the defendant.

In addition, according to the victim’s statement filed in late September and signed by an official with the police department, in accordance with the negotiated plea agreement, the defendant will make no claim to $12,144 that was seized on May 13.

Stump was further ordered to pay the costs of prosecution and was given credit for eight days served.

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