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Local drug traffickers sent to prison

Burglary, drugs and probation violation were among the cases heard Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Brandon L. Justice, 23, of 707 Mastin Ave., Ironton, pleaded guilty to three counts of trafficking in drugs.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced him to a total of two years in prison and fined him a total of $15,000. Justice must also surrender his driver’s license for two years.

Diedre Stapleton- Riffe, 36, of 111½ Lincoln St., Coal Grove, pleaded guilty to four counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs.

Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced her to four years in prison and fined her $7,500. She lost her driver’s license for two years as well.

John O. Harper, of Greenup, Ky., pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and admitted he violated his probation when he got arrested on the burglary charges.

He was on probation for an earlier burglary conviction.

“I apologize to the court for wasting your time,”

Harper told Bowling. Harper was sentenced to five years in prison.

John E. McGlone, 26, of 630 Third Ave., Chesapeake, admitted he violated his probation by not reporting to his probation officer as required, testing positive for drug use, failing to pay restitution, court costs and probation supervisory fee.

He was on probation for an earlier conviction on theft and drug charges.

Bowling sentenced John McGlone to 10 months in prison.

His wife, Tammy Pine McGlone, 24, also of 630 Third Ave., Chesapeake, admitted she violated her probation as well, by failing to report and failing to pay all of her court costs.

She was sentenced to 30 days in jail. She was on probation for an earlier drug conviction.