Last updated: March 19. 2014 7:11PM - 691 Views
Amber Gillenwater agillenwater@civitasmedia.com

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GALLIPOLIS — A Columbus man who was previously convicted in Gallia County of possessing crack cocaine is facing additional drug charges in the Common Pleas Court of Gallia County, as well as probation violations from his previous case.

Raymone Jackson, 32, Columbus, formerly of Westerville, Ohio, pleaded not guilty last week to one count of drug trafficking and one count of drug possession after he allegedly sold or offered to sell approximately 0.21 grams of cocaine in the vicinity of a juvenile on Dec. 27, 2013, while in Gallia County.

Jackson was previously charged in Gallia County after he was arrested by Gallipolis Police Officers on May 8, 2012, at the Super 8 Motel, located near the intersection of U.S. 35 and Ohio 7, in Gallipolis.

According to initial reports, Jackson’s arrest followed an investigation by the Gallipolis Police Department into the possible illegal sell of drugs. A search warrant was reportedly obtained by officers and a search of Jackson’s room at the motel revealed 48 individually wrapped packages of cocaine, as well as over $3,000 in cash.

Jackson was later indicted and charged with possessing and trafficking in 24.5 grams of crack cocaine in relation to the raid.

After negotiating a plea agreement in this case, with his retained counsel Jeff Finley, Jackson’s plea hearing was later continued in the common pleas court from December 2012 to March 2013, for family and medical reasons.

During his plea hearing on March 6, 2013, he pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree felony charge of possession, and, during his subsequent sentencing hearing on April 5, was sentenced to a total of 60 months of probation and was ordered to forfeit $3,859 to the Gallipolis Police Department in this case.

A warrant was later issued for Jackson’s arrest, as it was believed that the defendant had absconded supervision, and probation violations filed following his arrest this month allege that, in addition to the filing of the indictment in this newest case, Jackson had allegedly been associating with known felons, and was in the possession of marijuana on March 11, among other violations.

He was arraigned in relation to his probation violations on Monday. His bond was set at $5,000, 10 percent, with an additional bond of $1,500, 10 percent. A preliminary hearing in this case has been set for Tuesday, April 15.

In his newest case, Jackson’s bond was set at $15,000, own recognizance, during last week’s hearing. He is being represented by public defender Barbara Wallen in this case. A negotiated plea agreement may be filed by June 13. A jury trial has been set for July 14.

Bond was posted for the defendant’s release from the Gallia County Jail on Monday.

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