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South Point man answers drug charges

 

A South Point man answered several drug trafficking charges Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Gary Thomas, 42, of 904 Fourth St. East, was arraigned on three counts of second degree trafficking in drugs, which included oxycodon, morphine sulfate tablets and cocaine.

Thomas was also arraigned on three fifth-degree counts of possession of drugs, which were 63 oxycodon tablets, 15 morphine sulfate tablets and 12.17 grams of cocaine; and one count of third-degree having weapons under a disability.

Thomas pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Luke Styer.

Judge Charles Cooper continued a $25,000 surety bond and scheduled a pretrial for April 11.

In other cases:

• Roger Meadows, 34, of 3826 Stanton Ave., New Boston, was arraigned on one count of second-degree improper discharge of firearms into a habitation or school safety zone and one count of third-degree having weapons under a disability.

Meadows pleaded not guilty though his attorney, Mike Gleichauf.

Cooper continued a $100,000 cash or surety bond from a lower court. Gleichauf asked the judge to consider a lower bond saying $100,000 was “a bit excessive in this matter.”

Cooper scheduled a pretrial for April 11.

• Curtis Adkins, 34, of 103 Kelly Lane, Chesapeake, was arraigned on one count each of fifth-degree identify fraud and receiving stolen property.

Adkins pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Mike Davenport.

Cooper continued a $5,000 cash or surety bond from a lower court and scheduled a pretrial for April 11.

• Christopher Riley, 48, of Huttonsville Correction Center, Huttonsville, W.Va., was arraigned on one count of fourth-degree domestic violence.

Riley pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Scott Evans.

Cooper set bond at $20,000 cash, surety or 10 percent or $40,000 real property, and scheduled a pretrial for April 11.

• Trevor Williams, 25, of 2402 Monroe St., Ashland, Ky., who was out on bond, tested positive for benzodiazepine. Adult probation officer John Sexton said Williams failed to produce a prescription for the medication.

Williams’ attorney, Mike Gleichauf, said his client fell from a ladder and was taken to a hospital by ambulance. While in the ambulance, Williams was given an injection, Gleichauf said, adding that it was not included in the paperwork from the hospital but could account for the positive drug test.

Cooper doubled Williams’ bond to $40,000 and set a review of the case for April 4.