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Grand jury indicts in drug cases

Multiple Lawrence County residents were indicted for drug crimes by a grand jury this week, including a father and son from South Point accused of selling pills, as well as a couple from Willow Wood arrested in the county’s largest meth operation.

Larry K. Layman, 63, of 71 Township Road 1034, was indicted on nine separate drug charges, which included a second-degree count of trafficking in oxycodone, a fourth-degree count of trafficking in oxycodone, a second-degree count of trafficking in morphine, a fourth-degree count of trafficking in cocaine, a fourth-degree count of trafficking in Alprazolam, second- and third-degree counts of possession of drugs and a fifth-degree count of possession of cocaine.

He was also charged with a first-degree count of trafficking in drugs which included specifications that he was in possession of more than $41,000, a 2006 Dodge truck and a 2013 Kia used during the commission of the crime, and a .22 caliber handgun.

The man’s son, Steven T. Layman, 31, of 97 Township Road 1034, was charged with one second and two fourth-degree counts of trafficking in drugs.

The men were arrested March 19 following an investigation by the Lawrence and Drug and Major Crimes Task Force.

Jason E. Reed, 34, and Sherry White, 34, both of 3996 County Road 64, Willow Wood, were indicted on charges of second-degree illegal manufacture of drugs.

The pair was arrested April 4 following an anonymous tip that led the adult probation department to the home.

Five active shake-and-bake meth labs were allegedly found, as well as 40 inactive ones that had either already been used or were for future use.

Other indictments filed by Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson’s office are:

• Grady Smith Jr., 44, of 6 Private Drive 2076, Kitts Hill, trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of drug abuse instruments, possession of marijuana;

• Wilma McClain, 59, of 107 Roberts St., South Point, trafficking in drugs (Valium);

• Connie Turvey, 48, of 1505 Lawrence St. Apt 5D, Ironton, trafficking in drugs (Valium);

• Paula Crissinger, 48, of 114 Jennifer St., Coal Grove, trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of drug abuse instruments, possession of marijuana;

• Jeffrey Lutz, 38, of 1464 Back Road, Franklin Furnace, possession of drugs (meth), driving while under the influence, possession of drug abuse instruments;

• Rockie Lee Johnson, 49, of 260 Egbert Road, Portsmouth, possession of drugs (oxycodone);

• Nicholas Roman, 32, of 854 County Road 15, South Point, breaking and entering;

• David Morrison, 27, of 2328 County Road 30, Kitts Hill, possession of drugs;

• Michael L. Walker, 40, of 3672 State Route 775, Proctorville, possession of drugs (Xanax), endangering children, possession of drug abuse instruments;

• April Dillon, 30, of 30133 Magnolia Ave., Sorrento, Fla., possession of drugs (Xanax), endangering children, possession of drug abuse instruments;

• Aaron Jerome Quinn, 28, 63 Township Road 1023, South Point, theft;

• Brandon Locklear, 25, of 3304 Third Ave., Huntington, W.Va., failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, aggravated menacing, four counts of criminal damaging;

• Elizabeth Wilson, 39, of 2905 Bradley Road, Huntington, W.Va., passing bad checks;

• Damien Fox, 28, of 127 Township Road 1021, South Point, three counts of theft;

• Zachary Almekinder, 25, of 209 Township Road 258, South Webster, misuse of credit card;

• Toby Nelson, 38, of 2418 S. Seventh St., Ironton, identity fraud.

An indictment is a formal allegation that an individual has committed a crime. The accused are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.