Trial dates set for 2 of 3 suspected drug dealers

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 8, 2003

Trial dates have been set for two men who were arrested last month on drug-related charges.

Keleci Hill, 26, of Columbus, will stand trial Oct. 20 in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court before Judge Frank McCown. Hill is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, having a weapon under a disability, possession of criminal tools, trafficking in marijuana and first-degree aggravated trafficking in schedule I and II drugs.

Cameron J. Simmons, 26, of South Point, will stand trial in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court before McCown Nov. 3.

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Simmons is charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs, having a weapon under a

disability and failure to comply with the order and signal of a police officer.

Ironton Police and Lawrence County Sheriffs deputies arrested Hill late in the evening Aug. 12 in the vicinity of State Route 141 and U.S. 52 during a traffic stop.

Authorities allege that a search of his 2001 Lincoln Navigator produced 86 grams of crack, a small quantity of marijuana, drug paraphernalia including a set of scales and a firearm.

A few hours later, Ironton Police stopped another vehicle the vicinity of Fourth and Heplar streets after a brief pursuit. Three people in the vehicle fled on foot. One of Hill's alleged associates, Antwan Winbush was apprehended in the 800 block of South Eighth Street. His trial date has yet to be set.

Simmons was one of the people in the car with Winbush at the time of his arrest. Simmons was arrested Aug. 15 at a motel in South Point.

Hill and Winbush were described by local authorities as "upper level drug dealers".