Fugitive gets 34 years in drug trafficking

By Dean Wright - deanwright@aimmediamidwest.com



GALLIPOLIS — A woman who was reportedly a fugitive for a little less than a year was recently sentenced to 34 years in a state facility after being sentenced for drug trafficking crimes in the Gallia Court of Common Pleas.

Brandy J. Miller, 32, of Bidwell pleaded guilty to crimes and was sentenced for first-degree felony trafficking in heroin as well as possession, third-degree felony tampering with evidence, second-degree felony aggravated possession of drugs, second-degree aggravated possession of drugs, third-degree felony aggravated possession of drugs, third-degree aggravated possession of drugs, third-degree felony tampering with evidence, third-degree felony illegal conveyance of drugs, third-degree felony weapons while under disability and first-degree felony engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. In total, she received 34 years. Among those two felony trafficking crimes were counted for 11 years, each, under major drug offender laws of Ohio.

According to court testimony by Gallia Assistant Prosecutor Jeremy Fisher, in April 2017, Ohio State Highway Patrol pulled Miller over and utilized a canine unit from the Rio Grande Police Department in the investigation. While Miller was placed in the back of a cruiser, she reportedly pulled drugs from her body and hid them in the backseat of the cruiser, which were eventually discovered by law enforcement. The drugs were sent off to a lab and were reportedly tested and proven to be a mixture of roughly 152 grams of heroin and carfentanyl in two separate containers. After being indicted for drug trafficking and while out on bond, she was pulled over again in November 2017. Authorities believed she had reportedly hidden drugs inside herself again. She was taken to the hospital with a body search warrant issued and reportedly took those hidden drugs out of herself and tried to hide them in her clothes while changing before a medical procedure to inspect her cavities, as investigated by the Gallia Sheriff’s Office. The drugs were eventually discovered. Gallipolis Police Department reportedly executed a search warrant at Miller’s residence and discovered a small pistol she was in possession of illegally. Drugs found in the November traffic stop included over 27 grams of methamphetamine and over 42 grams of pure fentanyl.

Miller did not appear for her sentencing in her trafficking crimes and was considered a fugitive by law enforcement for roughly 11 months before she was reportedly arrested outside a WIC office in Columbus by the U.S. Marshals Service and taken back to Gallia County.

“A dose unit is a tenth of a gram, so if we run the math,” said Gallia Prosecutor Jason Holdren,”2,226 dose units, that’s of the meth, the fentanyl and the carfentanyl, everything together on those two dates, she, Brandy Miller, was responsible for bringing into Gallia County. Illegal drugs that she intended to sell or distribute to others to sell. If you’re buying heroin, we hear $20 (goes) for a tenth of a gram, but if you (buy in bulk) they might cut you a deal. It’s hard to say what amounts might be.”

Holdren thanked all of Gallia’s law enforcement as the OSHP, GPD, RGPD and Gallia Sheriff’s Office were involved in this case.

Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.


By Dean Wright