GALLIPOLIS — A Dayton man was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday in the Gallia County Court of Common Pleas after pleading guilty to one count of trafficking in heroin and illegal conveyance of crack cocaine into the Gallia County Jail.
Tyrone Q. Powell Jr., 30, first pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin in late April. The drug was seized by law enforcement and sent to a BCI laboratory, where test results confirmed the substance to be heroin.
“This defendant was selling heroin out of residences located in Patriot and Bidwell,” said Gallia County Assistant Prosecutor Britt Wiseman. “We had good intelligence through the Ohio Organized Crimes Task Force that this defendant had been doing so, and with the help of local law enforcement we were able to put together a good case to get this defendant removed from our community.”
Powell next pleaded guilty to knowingly conveying crack cocaine into the Gallia County Jail.
“The defendant was pulled over for a speeding traffic violation within the Gallipolis city limits,” said Gallia Assistant Prosecutor Eric Mulford. “The defendant was arrested for an outstanding warrant out of Xenia. After being taken into the jail, the defendant was found to be concealing five white rocks of crack cocaine in his anal cavity. Based upon the thorough actions of Gallia County Corrections staff, these drugs did not make their way into the general population of the jail.”
“(Powell) came here from Dayton to make money by peddling this poison in our community,” said Gallia Prosecutor Jeff Adkins. “He has a lengthy criminal history of drug trafficking offenses throughout the state of Ohio. It pleaess me to report to the residents of Patriot, Bidwell and the entire county that this defendant will be serving significant time in a state prison. If you are dealing drugs in Gallia County we will find you and you will be prosecuted.”