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Husband, wife plead in drug case

An Ironton couple arrested by the Lawrence County Drug and Major Crimes Task Force in November admitted drug charges Wednesday in common pleas court.

Terry Gannon Jr., 40, and Cindy Gannon, 35, both of 480 County Road 7C, pleaded guilty in Judge Charles Cooper’s courtroom.

Terry pleaded guilty to three third-degree counts and one second-degree count of trafficking in drugs (oxycodone). Cindy pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree count of possession of drugs and four misdemeanor counts of endangering children.

Cooper set sentencing for Terry on Tuesday. Cindy will be sentenced May 28 following a pre-sentence investigation.

The two will remain on bond until their court appearances.

The husband and wife were arrested by the task force after the agency had bought oxycodone from Terry Gannon on five separate occasions. Through those purchases law enforcement said they determined that Gannon was allegedly traveling to Detroit, Mich., to buy oxycodone and then bringing it back to Lawrence County to sell.

In other cases:

• Billy Barnett, 38, of 2615 S. Fifth St., Ironton, was arraigned on several charges relating to another task force investigation.

Barnett answered charges of third-degree possession of drugs, three counts of fourth-degree trafficking in drugs, fifth-degree possession of drugs, third-degree tampering with evidence and third-degree having weapons under a disability.

The indictment also said Barnett was in possession of $7,543 in cash at the time of his arrest and well as a firearm. The cash and gun were confiscated.

Barnett pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Cooper set bond at $100,000 cash or surety and set a pretrial for March 26.

Barnett was arrested at his home in February following a several months long investigation by the task force.

Also arrested at the home was Lori Knipp, 48, of the same address.

Knipp was indicted on two fifth-degree counts of permitting drug abuse, fifth-degree possession of drugs and fourth-degree trafficking in drugs.

She has not yet been arraigned.

• Scott Lewis, 31, of 2108 S. Seventh St., Ironton, was arraigned on a first-degree count of aggravated robbery, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Cooper set bond at $100,000 cash or surety and set a pretrial for March 26.

Lewis was arrested by the Ironton Police Department earlier this month after he was indicted by a Lawrence County grand jury for allegedly robbing a man at knifepoint.

• Competency evaluations were admitted for Christopher Young, 22, of 304 N. Second St., Ironton. Young was previously arraigned and pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of failure to register and failure to change address, which are both fifth-degree felonies. He was also accused of violating his probation.

The evaluations performed by Court Clinic Forensic Services said Young was competent to stand trial as well as at the time of the offenses.