GALLIOPLIS — A Franklin County man was found guilty Thursday on multiple counts of possession and trafficking of drugs following a jury trial in Gallia County Common Pleas Court.
The jury was asked to consider three charges against Anthony Jones, 31, of Columbus: Possession of oxycodone, possession of cocaine, and trafficking in cocaine.
The state of Ohio presented two law enforcement officers who described applying for a search warrant for a residence located on Porter Road in Bidwell. Officers observed increased traffic, along with a controlled purchase of narcotics, at the residence. The search warrant was executed during the early morning hours of August 25, 2015. Once inside the residence, three out-of-town men were found sleeping in the living room and three individuals were in the back bedrooms. All occupants were detained.
“The defendant was located on a love seat in the living room,” said Gallia County Prosecutor Jeff Adkins. “A search of the love seat revealed baggies of cocaine and 2¾ oxycodone pills. A firearm was also located under the bottom cushion of the love seat. A search of the defendant’s person revealed two large wads of cash in his pants pockets totaling $1,681. Inside the residence, officers located additional indicators of drug trafficking, including digital scales with white residue, measuring cup with white residue, additional oxycodone pills, currency and multiple cellular phones.”
The jury deliberated for approximately one hour before returning with three guilty verdicts on each count. The jury further found that the $1,681 was to be forfeited to the Ohio Organized Crimes Commission, which reinvests the money back into Gallia County to combat drug trafficking.
“We are so pleased with the verdicts the jury handed down,” Adkins said. “These jury trials require much time and preparation by my staff and the law enforcement officers involved. It was clear to the jury that this defendant came down from Columbus with his buddies to set up shop in a local residence in Bidwell to sell cocaine. The jury sent a loud and clear message that we will not tolerate this behavior and neighbors should not have to put up with it. At sentencing, I will be asking the court to impose the maximum prison sentence available under Ohio law.”