GALLIPOLIS — A Franklin County man was sentenced Tuesday to four years in a state prison after being convicted last Thursday in the Gallia County Court of Common Pleas for his part in the possession and trafficking of drugs.
The trial jury was asked to consider three charges against Anthony Jones, 31, of Columbus: possession of oxycodone, possession of cocaine and trafficking in cocaine. He was found guilty of all three charges.
For possession of oxycodone, Jones received the max penalty at 12 months. The possession of cocaine charged was merged with the trafficking in cocaine charge. Jones earned 36 months in prison after being found guilty of the trafficking and possession. Jones was ordered by the court to serve a total of 48 months consecutively. He was ordered to forfeit $1,681 to the Ohio Organized Criminal Investigations Commission.
The state of Ohio presented two law enforcement officers at Jones’ trial 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.
Officers reportedly found Jones siting on some furniture in the living room and a search of the furniture revealed baggies of cocaine and a few oxycodone pills. A firearm was also discovered beneath the cushion of the seat. Searches of Jones revealed he had two large wads of cash on his person. Officers reportedly also located digital scales with white residue, a measuring cup with white residue and multiple cellular phones.
“The four year maximum sentence was requested by my office and the court agreed with us that this case warranted the maximum term of imprisonment permissible under Ohio law,” said Gallia Prosecutor Jeff Adkins. “The jury also found that the $1,681 the defendant had on his possession at the time of his arrest was proceeds from drug trafficking. Now this money can be used toward anti-drug campaigns at our local schools. I have a very direct and clear message to drug dealers. If you are coming down from Columbus or any other town to sell your poison in our community, we are not standing for it. We will find you. We will arrest you. You will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and at your sentencing I will ask the court to impose the maximum prison sentence.”