Drug offense cases heard Monday in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas


Fentanyl, heroin, marijuana found in drug incidents

By Ashley Bunton - abunton@civitasmedia.com



The following drug-related felony cases were on the court’s docket for Monday in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas.

— Tyler S. Ratliff, of Washington Court House, plead guilty Monday to aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree.

Ratliff, 23, was sentenced to two years of community control, subject to the supervision and control of the Fayette County Adult Probation Department.

Neighbors in the 300 block of Main Street reported suspected drug activity Aug. 26 to the Washington Court House Police Department. Officers responded and stopped Ratliff, 23, who was riding a bicycle. According to the incident report, Ratliff said that he did not have any narcotics but then took two metal marijuana grinders out of his bag. Officers searched his bag and also found a bag of marijuana, a digital scale, and a folded piece of aluminum foil that later tested positive for fentanyl.

Ratliff indicated to the court that he is currently in treatment. As part of his sentencing he was ordered to complete his current course of treatment at Fayette Recovery. Ratliff’s prison term for violating the sentencing order is one year.

—Laura L. Jordan, 46, plead guilty Monday to aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree.

The Washington Court House Police Department was dispatched Oct. 25 to the Walmart parking lot for possible drug activity. Officers observed several needles on the floor inside a vehicle. Jordan, of Washington Court House, was a passenger and upon a search of her purse an officer located methamphetamine powder inside of a folded piece of paper.

A pre-sentence investigation was ordered in the case, with sentencing for Jordan scheduled for July 10 at 8:30 a.m.

— Joshua R. Whitt, 38, from Leesburg, plead guilty Monday to aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree.

Officers with the Washington Court House Police Department arrested Whitt after receiving a bench warrant for failed contempt to file and pay city income taxes.

Upon a search, Whitt had a small burnt pipe in his pocket, a bag of marijuana, a plastic bag with a white powder residue and a hypodermic needle. In another pocket Whitt had a pill container with five Phentermine Hydrochloride pills and one-half pill of Oxycontin.

He was taken to the Fayette County Jail where he was charged with the active bench warrant, possession of drug abuse instruments and possession of drugs. He was issued copies of the charges and advised of his court date and time.

Whitt was ordered to complete a pre-sentence investigation with the Fayette County Adult Probation Department. Whitt’s sentencing is scheduled for July 10 at 8:30 a.m.

— Duane J. Wilson, 28, plead guilty Monday to aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree, and in an agreed sentence will serve six months in prison.

The Washington Court House resident was transported to the Fayette County Jail Dec. 19 after being cleared by emergency medical technicians for a fentanyl overdose.

A resident in the 700 block of Pearl Street said Wilson stopped talking while in the bathroom and the resident broke the door down and found him unresponsive. A hypodermic needle and Fentanyl powder folded inside a piece of paper were recovered in the incident.

Wilson was given 50 days of jail time credit for days already served on the charge in the Fayette County Jail. He was transported to the Corrections Reception Center in Orient to commence the sentencing.

— Michelle N. Gill, 30, of Washington Court House, appeared in court Monday on charges of possession of heroin, a felony of the fifth degree, possessing drug abuse instruments, a misdemeanor of the second degree, and illegal possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.

It was reported that Gill was treated by the Fayette County Life Squad for a possible drug overdose Aug. 6. According to the incident report, a spoon with a burnt brown substance and a hypodermic needle were located with Gill.

A pre-trial conference in Gill’s case is on the court’s schedule for June 19 at 9 a.m.

— Talena L. Wise, 53, of Frankfort, plead guilty Monday to possession of heroin, a felony of the fifth degree.

Patrol officers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol stopped a Ford Taurus for speeding on State Route 41 in Perry Township.

The two officers approached the vehicle and the driver was identified as Wise. Wise indicated she and the male passenger were on their way to her mother’s house in Frankfort and had just left Dayton after “visiting her Old man,” reports said.

The officers advised Wise was being cited for speeding and went back into the patrol car. The officers noticed the front seat passenger “lean forward into the front passenger seat floor board approximately four separate times.” The officers called the Greenfield Police Department and requested a K-9.

The police department responded and K-9 “Chica” indicated a positive response on the front passenger door. During a search, officers located four hypodermic needles, one plastic bag containing a white powder substance, 13 clear pill capsules containing a white residue, one cut straw with a white residue and one metal spoon with residue.

Wise told the officers that the needles belonged to her and were for heroin use. Wise said that before leaving Dayton she had snorted heroin and stated that she used heroin for her neck and severe daily back pain stemming from an accident several years ago, according to reports.

Wise was cited for speed and released. All evidence was collected and sent to the Ohio State Highway Patrol Crime Lab via US Mail for further analysis.

The Fayette County Court of Common Pleas referred Wise to the Fayette County Adult Probation Department for a pre-sentence investigation and sentencing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. July 10.

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Fentanyl, heroin, marijuana found in drug incidents

By Ashley Bunton

abunton@civitasmedia.com

Ashley may be contacted by calling her at (740) 313-0355 or by searching Twitter for @ashbunton

Ashley may be contacted by calling her at (740) 313-0355 or by searching Twitter for @ashbunton