Last Friday’s drug sweep: Arraignments begin
By Jane Beathard
Last Friday’s round-up of suspected drug dealers in Madison County led to over-crowding at Tri-County Regional Jail and early arraignments in common pleas court for some snagged in the operation.
Arraignments for six defendants were moved from Friday, Sept. 21, to Tuesday, Sept. 18, in order to set bonds for those deemed eligible and reduce housing costs at Tri-County. The six were:
• Joshua Douglas, 37, formerly of 1050 Sheffield Blvd., London, charged with one count of trafficking heroin on May 17. Douglas was picked up Friday in Columbus. Nichols appointed Dustin Blake to represent Douglas at a Nov. 20 trial and released the man on a signature bond and house arrest.
• Tevin Jackson, 19, 39 Fairview Ave., London, charged with selling cocaine on May 14 and May 30; possessing 20 grams of cocaine on Aug. 31 and receiving stolen property on Sept. 7. Some deals took place in the vicinity of juveniles, increasing potential penalties. Nichols appointed Nick Adkins to represent Jackson at a Nov. 27 trial. Jackson remains in jail under a $50,000 surety bond.
• Danelle M. McHenry, 27, 30 Westmore Drive, London, charged with selling Oxycodone on June 13 and June 27; Oxymorphone on June 13 and morphine on June 13. Some transactions took place in the vicinity of a school. Nichols appointed Josh Peistrup to represent McHenry at a Nov. 27 trial and released the woman on a signature bond and house arrest.
• Richard Dale George Jr., 36, 284 E. Sandusky St., Mechanicsburg, charged with selling morphine on June 13 and Oxycodone on July 2. The July deal allegedly took place in the vicinity of a school. Nichols appointed Shannon Treynor to represent George at a Nov. 27 trial. He remains in jail under a $10,000 surety bond. Dale is also facing charges in Champaign County, stemming from a break-in at a Mechanicsburg pharmacy.
• Cortney J. Freeman, 19, 7120 Cleveland Ave., South Solon, charged with selling Percocet on May 16 and May 17 and heroin on May 30. Nichols appointed Dustin Blake to represent Freeman at a Nov. 29 trial and released the woman on a signature bond.
• Richard L. Boltz, 21, 224 Toland Ave., London, charged with selling Percocet and Oxycodone on May 16 and Oxycodone on June 6 and June 26. Nichols appointed Mike Murray to represent Boltz at a Nov. 29 trial and released the man on a signature bond.
Nichols said some defendants released on house arrest will be eligible for the county’s new electronic monitoring (ankle bracelet) system, once it is available.