GALLIPOLIS — Razoar B.D. Harding, 23, of Columbus, pleaded guilty to trafficking crack cocaine and was sentenced in the Gallia County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday to four years in prison.
“On July 4, 2015, officers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol conducted a vehicle stop for a traffic violation on U.S. 35 in Gallia County,” said Gallia County Prosecutor Jeff Adkins. “Two occupants of the vehicle stated they were on their way from Columbus to a casino in Huntington, W.Va. The vehicle was a rental and did not belong to either of the occupants. A canine sniff was performed on the vehicle with the assistance of the Gallipolis Police Department. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, marijuana and crack cocaine was located inside the vehicle.”
The drugs were sent to the Ohio Burueau of Criminal Investigation for laboratory testing which confirmed the substances as marijuana and crack cocaine. The Gallia County Grand Jury indicted both of the occupants of the vehicle for trafficking crack cocaine in the amount of 59 grams. Harding pleaded guilty to trafficking in crack cocaine during a plea and sentencing hearing in the Gallia County Common Pleas Court. The defendant was sentenced to serve four years in prison and to pay a mandatory fine of $7,500.
“This is an example of a Columbus drug dealer traveling through Gallia County on to Huntington, or any other drug-hub location,” Adkins said. “Our highway patrol did an excellent job in stopping the vehicle and removing the crack cocaine so that it was derailed before its destination. We will continue sending the loud and clear message that if you bring drugs into, or attempt to transport them through, our county, we will prosecute you and you will go to prison.”