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Drug traffickers sentenced

Kaye F. Ross, 47, of 78 Township Road 1425, South Point, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs.

Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Scott Bowling sentenced her to four years community control sanctions and ordered her to successfully complete a rehabilitation program at the STAR Community Justice Center.

“I believe she is an excellent candidate for STAR and will thrive in that environment,” Ross’ attorney, Mike Gleichauf, said.

Ross told Bowling, “I’d like to get in this program and get my life straightened up.”

Amanda Blake, 29, 809 S. Ninth St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to aggravated trafficking in drugs and trafficking in drugs before Judge Charles Cooper. She will be sentenced following a pre-sentence investigation.

Gina McClellan, 46, of 1891 County Road 5, Kitts Hill, was re-sentenced to 11 months in prison.

McClellan pleaded guilty in January to aggravated trafficking in drugs and at that time was ordered to complete a rehabilitation program at a community based correctional facility (CBCF).

But her attorney, David Reid Dillon, said two such CBCFs had rejected her because of her health problems.

Dillon said she is attending counseling sessions and has signed up to participate in another program offered by the Lawrence County Adult Probation Agency.

He suggested she remain on probation and continue with these treatment programs instead of being sent to prison.

“She is making active steps to try and put her life in order and rid herself of substance abuse,” Dillon said.

McClellan agreed.

“I am trying. I’ve made a lot of progress. That’s why I went to Shawnee to get help,” she said.

But Bowling noted McClellan had already gotten a break when one of the charges against her, bringing drugs to a detention facility, was dismissed when she pleaded guilty to the other drug charge.