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Meth makers, pill dealers sent to prison

Two Chesapeake residents arrested last month for making methamphetamine were sentenced to prison Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Kevin Slone, 30, and Tonya Burggraf, 45, both of 1087 Township Road 309, each pleaded guilty to a second-degree count of illegal manufacture of drugs.

Slone also admitted to a third-degree count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, while Burggraf admitted to a third-degree count of complicity to aggravated trafficking in drugs.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced each defendant to a total of nine years in prison, a $2,500 fine and a six-month driver’s license suspension.

The pair was arrested in September by the Lawrence County Drug and Major Crimes Task Force and the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. Law enforcement had come to the Chesapeake residence to serve the two with warrants that had come from a secret indictment over a series of controlled drug buys.

When the officers arrived to make that arrest, they allegedly discovered an active meth lab within the house.

In unrelated cases, two women arrested following a multi-agency investigation into pill trafficking made court appearances.

Natasha Moore, 30, of 3721 Stanton Ave., New Boston, who previously pleaded guilty to a third-degree count of complicity to aggravated trafficking in drugs, was sentenced to three years in prison.

Cooper also ordered to woman to pay a $5,000 fine and suspended her driver’s license for one year.

Regina Burton, 30, of 2213 Sixth St., pleaded guilty to two first- and one third-degree count of complicity to aggravated trafficking in drugs. Cooper set sentencing for Oct. 22.

The women were arrested in May following a joint investigation by the Ironton Drug and Special Response Team, the Lawrence County Drug and Major Crimes Task Force, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, the Portsmouth FBI bureau and the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force.

Also arrested was Jason Burton, 31, who previously pleaded guilty to a first- and third-degree count of aggravated trafficking in drugs. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

During the arrests, about 200 oxycodone pills were seized, in addition to about 100 more pills over the course of the investigation, at a street value of about $12,000. There was also a young child in the vehicle at the time of the arrests.