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Brothers deny drug trafficking charges

Two brothers arrested by the Ironton Police Department’s drug task force for selling synthetic stimulants were arraigned Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Brian Benicker, 34, of 5712 State Route 378, Ironton, and Urian Benicker, 31, of 610 S. 10th St., Ironton, made separate court appearances.

Brian was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to third- and fourth-degree counts of trafficking in Alpha-PVP. Urian was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to a third- and two fourth-degree counts of trafficking in the same substance.

Judge Charles Cooper set bond for each defendant at $75,000 cash or surety and set pretrials for Feb. 18.

The Benickers were arrested Jan. 28 by the IPD drug task force following several alleged controlled purchases of Alpha-PVP from the men.

In an unrelated case, a 22-year-old Ironton man arrested for selling fake LSD admitted to the crime on Wednesday.

Brandon McCorcle, of 2323 S. Seventh St., pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree count of offenses involving counterfeit substances. According to the indictment, McCorcle had 20 pieces of paper with drawn-on lines that he tried to sell as LSD in the vicinity of Ironton High School. The man had taken an ad out on Craigslist for the sale of “Lucy,” which is slang for LSD. The ad was reported to the drug task force and an investigator set up a buy of the fake drug.

Cooper sentenced McCorcle to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation, a $1,250 fine, a six-month driver’s license suspension, and 21 days in jail.

After his jail sentence, McCorcle must complete the STAR Community Justice Center Program.

In other cases:

• Brandi Roberts, 34, of 301 Second Ave., Chesapeake, was arraigned on a bill of information of two fifth-degree counts of possession of drugs and a third-degree count of tampering with evidence, to which she pleaded not guilty.

Cooper continued bond from a lower court, ordered drug testing twice a week and set a pretrial for Feb. 18.

• Aaron Workman, 27, of 512 State Route 373 Pedro, was arraigned on and pleaded not guilty to counts of third-degree tampering with evidence, fourth-degree burglary, fifth-degree possession of drugs and misdemeanor endangering children.

Cooper set bond at $75,000 cash, surety or property and set a pretrial for Feb. 18.

• Greg Mays, 31, of 1251 Township Road 13, Ironton, was arraigned on and pleaded not guilty to two fifth-degree counts of breaking and entering, a fifth-degree count of possession of criminal tools and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.

Cooper set bond at $35,000 cash or surety and set a pretrial for Feb. 25.

• Daniel Potter, 25, of 2120 Neighborhood Road, Gallipolis, was arraigned on and pleaded not guilty to a second-degree count of burglary. Cooper set bond at $75,000 and set a pretrial for Feb. 25.

• Craig Barker, 55, with an address listed as the county jail, was arraigned on a count of fourth-degree resisting arrest. He pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity. Cooper ordered a mental evaluation be performed before a pretrial is set.

• Dara Rowe, 36, of 13 Private Drive 372, Ironton, was arraigned on and pleaded not guilty to a bill of information to two fifth-degree counts of possession of drugs and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Cooper set bond at $70,000 cash or surety and set a pretrial for Feb. 18.