GALLIPOLIS — A Columbus man arrested for his alleged possession of approximately 25 grams of crack cocaine, was recently arraigned in the Common Pleas Court of Gallia County.
Raymone J. Jackson, 30, 365 South Burgess Avenue, Columbus, was arrested at approximately midnight on May 9 by officers with the Gallipolis Police Department at the Super 8 Motel located near the intersection of U.S. 35 and Ohio 7 in Gallipolis.
Reportedly, following an investigation by the police department, a search warrant was issued by Probate-Juvenile Judge Thomas S. Moulton, Jr., and during the subsequent search of room 219 — a room reportedly under Jackson’s control — officers discovered a plastic bag containing 48 individually packaged rocks of a white substance concealed in the control panel of the room’s air conditioning unit.
The substance later tested positive for cocaine and had a field weight of 24.5 grams.
According to the complaint filed initially with the Gallipolis Municipal Court, also found in the room by officers were digital scales and the remnants of a plastic sandwich baggy.
In addition to the contraband found during the search, officers seized $3,859 in cash as a result of the bust — cash that could be forfeited to the Gallia County Prosecuting Attorney’s Law Enforcement Trust Fund and utilized for the purchase of equipment for the police department.
Jackson made an initial appearance in the municipal court and his bond was set. The case against him was later bound over to the common pleas court and he was indicted by a grand jury on one count of drug possession, for the alleged possession of 24.5 grams of crack cocaine, and trafficking in crack cocaine, both felonies of the second degree.
During the arraignment hearing, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and his bond was set at $40,000, own recognizance, with an additional bond of $1,500, 10 percent.
Jackson was further ordered to have no contact with the Super 8 Motel.
A jury trial in this matter has been scheduled for October 24.
Bond was posted for Jackson’s release from the Gallia County Jail following the hearing.