Scioto County Common Pleas Judge Howard H. Harcha, III, sentenced two Detroit men to 18 years each for trafficking in heroin and oxycodone.
Lenward W. Pulliam, Jr., 31, and Harold W. Chapple, 26, waived a jury Wednesday and entered pleas of guilty to an indictment returned by a Scioto County grand jury.They were convicted as major drug offenders, and given the mandatory prison terms without early release or parole. The vehicle they were driving was forfeited to the state for use in drug enforcement.
“This was a huge multi-drug seizure and is a tribute to the diligence of the Highway Patrol,” Assistant Scioto County Prosecutor Pat Apel said. “This is a tribute to the hard work and courage of the local Highway Patrol post.”
On Jan, 22, 2013, troopers of the OHSP, members of the Criminal Patrol Unit, which concentrates on drug interdiction, stopped a Chevrolet Impala on U.S. 23 south of Lucasville for speeding. Apel said the two men gave conflicting stories about where they had been. He said a drug dog was called and alerted on the car.
Troopers placed the two men in the back of the cruiser and while the officers searched the car, the two men were recorded by a recording device talking about the whereabouts of the drugs. The troopers found approximately 196 grams of heroin and approximately 2,500 oxycodone 30 milligram tablets. They said there were also Alprazolam and Oxymorphone pills found in the car.
Troopers said the men said they were transporting drugs to Huntington, W.Va. Apel said the men said they were paid $1,000 a trip to drive from Detroit to Huntington. Apel said Pulliam had been arrested in Huntington while out on bail on this offense. Chapple had a prior drug arrest in Detroit.
Frank Lewis - The Portsmouth Daily Times, Ohio (MCT)
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