Lewis Gillenwater, 64, 2318 Davis Road, Crown City, who was indicted on April 19 by the Gallia County grand jury on three counts of possession of drugs, one count of trafficking in drugs and one count of tampering with evidence, pleaded guilty to trafficking, two of the possession charges and attempted tampering with evidence.
Gillenwater was sentenced to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections for two years; 12 months for the trafficking charge and 12 months for one of the possession charges. Following his time in prison, Gillenwater will also serve two years community control for the other possession charge and the attempted tampering with evidence.
In addition, he was ordered to forfeit $7,999.79 to the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office and received a two-year suspended license judgement.
Gillenwater was arrested in April after a search of his residence resulted in the seizure of 100 40 mg. tablets and 15 80 mg. tablet of OxyContin, as well as 21 grams of crack cocaine and the forfeited cash.
The search warrant was a result of citizen complaints regarding suspect activity at Gillenwater’s residence.
The abuse of OxyContin has been on the rise in recent years due to its addictive nature and ready availibilty.
Just recently, two Michigan men were arrested on U.S. 35 allegedly transporting over 735 OxyContin pills in their vehicle.
Both were indicted by the grand jury for trafficking.