Man arrested in drug raid pleads guilty

Published 9:10 am Friday, September 20, 2013

A Huntington, W.Va., man who was arrested in May during a drug raid in South Point admitted his guilt Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Asim McCoy, 33, of 1946 Jackson Ave., pleaded guilty to two third-degree counts of having weapons with a disability, fourth-degree counts of receiving stolen property and trafficking in drugs, third-degree tampering with evidence and fifth-degree possession of drugs. Gun specifications and a misdemeanor count of falsification were dismissed.

McCoy and three others were arrested following an ongoing investigation by the Lawrence Drug and Major Crimes Task Force.

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Recovered during the search conducted by the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and the task force were heroin, cocaine, digital scales, hypodermic syringes, drug paraphernalia, two firearms and ammunition and more than $2,800 in cash.

Judge D. Scott Bowling set McCoy’s sentencing for Oct. 2 and continued his bond.

In other cases:

• Ronnie France, 35, of 1618 County Road 144, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to two fifth-degree counts of forgery and admitted community-control sanctions violations. Bowling sentenced the man to one year in prison.

• Patricia Layne, 29, of 318 Monroe St. Apt. 1, Ironton, admitted CCS violations of associating with a known felony and failing to report to the adult probation department.

Bowling sentenced the woman to 30 days in jail, 100 additional hours of community service and continued her probation.

• Carl Taylor, 26, of 2220 N. Seventh Sr., Ironton, denied CCS violations and was arraigned on a bill of information of fifth-degree breaking and entering.

Bowling set a pretrial for Sept 25.

• Jason Ratcliff, 34, of 47 Township Road 1334, South Point, pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree count of possession of drugs. Bowling set sentencing for Oct. 2 and continued the man’s bond.

• Nicole LeGrand, 32, of 104 Private Drive 3 Apt. 8, Chesapeake, admitted CCS violations that she failed to report to the adult probation department and tested positive for cocaine.

Bowling sentenced the woman to Mended Reeds and 200 hours of community service.

• Jason Newcomb, 31, of 65 Private Drive 954, County Road 52, Ironton, was sentenced to four years of CCS for an unclassified felony of open dumping. Newcomb previously pleaded guilty to the charge in Judge Charles Cooper’s courtroom.

Cooper also sentenced the man to pay a $1,500 fine.

Newcomb also tested positive for four different drugs at his drug screen before court Wednesday, so Cooper sentenced the man to 30 days in the county jail.

• William Robinson Jr., 27, of 253 Township Road 102, Ironton, admitted CCS violations and was sentenced to three months in prison.

• Nicholas Sexton, 25, of 1369 28th St., Huntington, W.Va., admitted CCS violations and was sentenced to six months in prison.