Proctorville Flea Market case ends with fines, prison time
Prison time and hefty fines were the sentence for a man accused of selling stolen items at the Proctorville Flea Market.
Jeffrey Jones, 50, of 155 Township Road 1280, Proctorville, was sentenced on four counts of fifth-degree receiving stolen property Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.
Jones had previously entered guilty pleas on May 15. At that time, five other counts of the same charge were dismissed, as well as a count of second-degree engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
Jones’ sentence was negotiated between his attorney, Bill Eachus, and Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson. The plea agreement was to sentence Jones to 12 months in prison for each count, as well as a $2,500 fine for each count, to run consecutively.
Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced Jones to a total of four years in prison with $10,000 in fines.
Anderson also asked that items and cash confiscated during the investigation be forfeited.
Included were two vehicles, $11,856 in cash, $1,121 that was used by investigators to purchase items at the flea market during the undercover investigation, firearms and other property. Jones was also ordered to pay $15,000 in funds that he received as a result of illegal activity.
Bowling ordered Jones to report to the Lawrence County Jail on Sept. 30. Jones also has a pending federal case in West Virginia with a hearing on Sept 23.
Jones previously pleaded guilty to a charge of selling firearms to addicts, felons or fugitives, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Bowling ordered that any prison time ordered in West Virginia would run concurrent with the sentenced imposed in Ohio.
Jones will remain under a cash bond until his report date.
Jones, a co-owner of the flea market, was arrested in August 2012, following a raid at the business.
The Lawrence Drug and Major Crimes Task Force conducted an investigation that found Jones had purchased items that other individuals had stolen from area Walgreens, CVS and Rite-Aid stores and then resold them at the flea market.
Investigators believed there had been a group of individuals who had been shoplifting over-the-counter medications and exchanging them for cash which would be used to purchase illegal drugs.
In addition to the Lawrence Drug and Major Crimes Task Force, other agencies that helped in the investigation were the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, Ironton Police Department, the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office, Huntington W.Va Police and investigators from Walgreens, CVS and Rite-Aid.
In other cases:
• Christopher Cremeans, 33, of 105 Perry Hollow Road, South Point, was sentenced to two years in prison for a burglary charge. Cremeans had previously pleaded guilty in Bowling’s courtroom.
• Amanda Osborne, 24, of 447 Township Road 276N, South Point, was arraigned on a bill of information of second-degree corrupting another with drugs, third-degree tampering with evidence, and misdemeanor possession of drugs and possession of drug abuse instruments.
Osborne pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
According to Assistant Prosecutor Bob Anderson, Osborne allegedly had concealed heroin in her vagina when she was taken into the Lawrence County Jail. Another female inmate supplied a syringe and a third female used the syringe to inject the heroin, causing her to become ill. Anderson said the inmate who used the drugs almost died.
Judge Charles Cooper set bond at $40,000 cash or surety and set a pretrial for Aug. 7.