Warrant issued for Ross County resident charged with drug trafficking


By Ashley Bunton - abunton@aimmediamidwest.com



A warrant was issued Monday by the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas for a Ross County resident.

Jasmine Lee, 25, of Frankfort, was scheduled to appear in court Monday for a final hearing on charges of trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine, and trafficking in drugs, each a felony of the first degree, and possession of drugs, a second-degree felony, trafficking in drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and possession of drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Court records state Lee’s bond was revoked Monday and a bench warrant was issued for Lee’s arrest. Lee’s attorney, Steven T. Pierson, made a motion to withdraw Monday as Lee’s counsel in the case.

Lee was arraigned on the charges in April after a December arrest during a drug investigation in the southern Ohio region, according to reports.

Reports said the Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies and agents from the US 23 Major Crimes Task Force learned Nov. 30, 2016, that narcotics were being transported in two vehicles traveling on U.S. 35.

US 23 Major Crimes Task Force agents assisting in the investigation included detectives from the Fayette, Pickaway, Pike and Ross County sheriff’s offices.

Shortly after midnight, two vehicles matching the descriptions provided to authorities were located by detectives on U.S. 35 Northwest traveling at a high rate of speed, reports said.

A 2007 Toyota Camry driven by Lee and a 2003 Ford Expedition driven by Lindsey Miller, 21, of Chillicothe, were pulled over. The Ross County Sheriff’s Office K-9 was utilized to perform an exterior sniff of the vehicles, which resulted in a “positive indication for the presence of narcotics,” said Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth.

During a search of the Toyota Camry, reports said heroin, crack cocaine, two handguns and drug paraphernalia were discovered and seized. Lee was detained at the scene and later arrested on two counts of trafficking in drugs, both first-degree felonies, reports said. Both vehicles were impounded.

Lee’s trial was scheduled for Thursday but a motion to vacate that trial date was filed Tuesday.

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By Ashley Bunton

abunton@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Ashley at (740) 313-0355 or connect on Twitter by searching Twitter.com for @ashbunton

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