GALLIPOLIS — Bonds have been set in the cases against two individuals arrested early Tuesday morning on first degree felony drug charges.
Ronnie D. Smith, Jr., 30, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and Kelly D. Jones, 40, Charleston, W.Va., were arraigned in the Gallipolis Municipal Court on Tuesday afternoon and charged with drug trafficking after 750 prescription pills were confiscated from the vehicle they were traveling in.
Smith is being held under a $500,000, 10 percent, bond in the Gallia County Jail, while Jones, who reportedly has no prior criminal record, is being held under a $100,000, 10 percent, bond in the Middleport Jail.
Preliminary hearings in both cases are scheduled for September 5.
The suspects were arrested after their vehicle was stopped by a deputy with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office on at approximately 12:55 a.m. on Tuesday.
The vehicle, a 1996 Crown Victoria, was stopped for a speed violation along the Gallipolis Township portion of U.S. 35.
A search of the vehicle was later conducted, and the deputy, a K-9 officer, located 750, 30-milligram oxycodone hydrochloride tablets, which were bagged and concealed, within the vehicle.
The vehicle was towed from the scene and a forfeiture request has been made for the possession of the vehicle.
In a previous municipal court case, Smith was charged with improperly handling a firearm in a vehicle, marijuana possession and attempting to flee or elude the order or signal of a police officer. These charges were filed in January 2008.
In August 2008, Smith entered a plea of guilty to the fleeing and eluding charge with the other charges dismissed as part of the negotiated plea.
He was sentenced to two days in jail, ordered to pay a $150 fine and court costs and had his driver’s license suspended for six months.
Smith was also ordered to report to the municipal court probation department for a one-year period, but was later sentenced, in 2009, to 10 days in jail for probation violations.
Following the preliminary hearings next week, municipal court Judge Margaret Evans will find whether there is probable cause to believe that the suspects have committed the alleged crime. If probable cause is found, the cases against Smith and Jones will be bound over to the Common Pleas Court of Gallia County where a grand jury will hear the charges against the suspects.