Man sentenced on drug charges

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 14, 2003

One of three men charged last year in an Oxycontin scheme was sentenced late last week on state drug charges.

Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Frank McCown sentenced Lawrence Jenkins, 41, of 68 Old State Route 775, Ironton, to four years each on two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs. These sentences will run concurrently with each other and concurrently with a federal prison sentence Jenkins is now serving.

Jenkins was arrested in June 2002 on a federal indictment, along with local physician Randall McCollister and another man, Donald Sherman, also of Ironton. According to the indictment, McCollister wrote prescriptions for Oxycontin to Jenkins and Sherman, who would then take those prescriptions, have them filled and sell the pills to other people.

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All three men involved in the case pleaded guilty in connection with the case and are serving time in federal prison.

Also late last week, one of several people arrested earlier this year in a drug bust in Ironton has pleaded guilty in connection with the case.

William Carter Jr., 50, of Ironton, pleaded guilty to three counts of fifth-degree felony complicity to trafficking in cocaine, three counts of fifth-degree felony trafficking in cocaine, one count of fourth-degree felony possession of crack cocaine and fifth-degree felony possession of criminal tools, as well as misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana, drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia.

Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Richard Walton will sentence Carter July 16.

Carter and several others were arrested in February when local authorities busted a suspected crack ring operating out of Carter's South Ninth Street residence.