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Drug traffickers sentenced in common pleas court

Published 10:27am Thursday, November 1, 2012

Two men were sentenced to prison for their drug crimes Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

The first, Joshua Johnson, 30, of 315 N. Sixth St., Ironton, previously pleaded guilty to complicity to trafficking in drugs, two counts of trafficking in drugs, and single counts each of trafficking in marijuana, possession of criminal tools and possession of drugs.

Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced the man to six years in prison. Johnson was also ordered to forfeit a Chevy Suburban and $10,464 cash that was found on him at the time of his arrest.

In a separate case, John Stafford, 46, of 2214 Liberty St., Ashland, Ky., was arraigned and pleaded guilty to second-degree trafficking in drugs, which was 3,385 milligrams of oxycodone.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced Stafford to five years in prison and ordered him to forfeit $228 that was found on him at the time of his arrest. Stafford must also pay a $10,000 fine and his driver’s license will be suspended for five years.

In other cases:

• Kayla McGee, 25, of 279 Rotory Road, Huntington, W.Va., pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted burglary.

Cooper sentenced McGee to two years in prison.

• William James Jr., 43, of 707 N. Fourth St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to two amended counts of fifth-degree domestic violence and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.

Cooper sentenced the man to four years community controlled sanctions under intensive supervised probation, with six months on house arrest with GPS monitoring, 90 days in the county jail suspended and he was ordered to stay away from the two victims in the case.

• James Chaffins, 39, of 784 County Road 411, Proctorville, admitted a CCS violation.

Bowling sentenced the man to three years in jail with the possibility of judicial release to the STAR facility after one year of good behavior.

• Jeremy Creech, 31, of 102 N. Hill St., Grayson, Ky., pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary.

Bowling sentenced Creech to four years in prison.


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