Ten more face drug charges

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 21, 2003

More people have been rounded up in a drug sweep, following secret indictments handed down earlier this month by a Lawrence County grand jury.

One of them has avoided trial and a jail stay by pleading guilty to the charges against him. James Maynard, 56, of 370 Susan Court, entered a guilty plea yesterday to two charges of trafficking in marijuana. Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Richard Walton sentenced Maynard to four years community controlled sanctions under intensive supervised probation and suspended his driver's license for six months. Maynard was also ordered to pay a

$5,000 fine.

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Maynard was arrested at his residence last week.

An Ironton husband and wife were also arrested earlier this week and charged with drug trafficking. Raymond Crance, 34, of 317 Oak St., was charged Monday with three counts of third-degree felony trafficking in crack cocaine. Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Richard Walton set Crance's bond at $75,000 cash.

His wife, Stephanie Crance, 40,

was arrested the next day and charged with one count of trafficking in crack cocaine. Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Frank McCown released her on her own recognizance. She will appear in court March 4 for a preliminary hearing.

Two men were arrested at the Crance home the same time police took Raymond Crance into custody. David A. Payne II, 32, of Route 4 Box 541 South Point,

was charged with one count of possessing a drug instrument (a crack pipe).

Anthony J. Lewis, 44, of 1806 South Fifth St., was also charged with possessing a drug instrument (a crack pipe). Lewis was also charged with violating the terms of his parole.

David J. Wilson, 49, of 619 South Ninth St., was arrested Tuesday on a single charge of trafficking in crack cocaine. He was taken into custody in the 800 block of Quincy Street after a short foot chase with members of the Lawrence County Drug Task Force. Judge McCown set a $50,000 cash bond for Wilson.

A 17-year-old male juvenile was arrested Tuesday and charged through Lawrence County Juvenile-Probate Court with three counts of trafficking in crack cocaine, possession of criminal tools and drug paraphernalia offenses.

Charles Keith Lane, 48, of 2436 South Fifth St., was arrested last week and charged with two counts of trafficking in marijuana and three counts of trafficking in Lorcet.

Aaron Black, 33, of Greenup, Ky., was arrested Sunday and charged with three counts of trafficking in crack cocaine. His 1999 Buick was also impounded. he was arrested in the 700 block of Quincy Street. Judge McCown imposed a $50,000 cash bond for Black.

Ironton police detective, Capt. Chris Bowman said these people could face additional charges when the grand jury meets in March.

"This is part of an ongoing investigation by the drug task force, we're certainly not done with them," Bowman said. "We received complaints from numerous sources and we took those complaints very seriously."

Bowman praised the work of the task force's member agencies in the investigation and in the arrests, saying "if it were not for the participation of these agencies, we would not see arrests of this magnitude."

In addition to the Ironton Police Department, the drug task force also includes the Lawrence County Prosecutor's Office, and Lawrence County Sheriff's Office.