GALLIPOLIS — A Dayton woman was recently sentenced in the Gallia Court of Common Pleas to four years in prison for drug trafficking.
Marekia L. Jones, 34, of Dayton pleaded guilty to trafficking in drugs, specifically heroin, a felony of the first-degree.
“Ms. Jones was sentenced to a four-year prison term and ordered to pay a mandatory fine in the amount of $10,000,” said Gallia County Prosecutor Jason Holdren. “This is a good first step in our efforts to cut drug ties from larger cities to Gallia County. I want to target the drug pipeline from Detroit, Columbus and Dayton to our community; and these are the kind of convictions we need to do just that.”
Holdren commended the efforts of local law enforcement officers.
“This case was initiated by Trooper Chris Finley of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and was followed up with a K-9 alert from then Lt. Matt Champlin, of the Gallipolis City Police Department,” said Holdren. “It is this type of collaboration between offices that is vital in combating the heroin issues facing our county. This case should begin to send the message that drug dealing will not be tolerated in Gallia County.”