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Drug case proceeds

A man arrested last week for selling drugs out of a hotel was arraigned Monday in Ironton Municipal Court.

Charles Shelby, 27, of 2033 Putnam St., Sandusky, was held on a $150,000 bond and attorney Scott Evans was assigned to the case.

Shelby was arrested on Friday at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites and charged with a first-degree count of aggravated trafficking in drugs.

Members of the sheriff’s office, Lawrence Drug and Major Crimes Task Force and Ironton Police Department made the arrest after finding 171 Oxycodone tablets with a street value of between $7,000 and $8,000, an amount of marijuana and $2,651 in cash, according to investigators.

Shelby is scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing on Thursday.

In an unrelated case, an Oak Hill man accused of rape waived his preliminary hearing this past Thursday and will have his case heard by a grand jury.

James Wolford, 36, of 1579 State Route 140, was taken into custody by the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office on March 11 at his residence, where sex acts allegedly took place between him and two 14-year-old girls.

Wolford was charged with first-degree rape and third-degree unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. His bond was set at $100,000.