Chesapeake man pleads guilty to heroin trafficking

Published 10:37 am Thursday, May 28, 2015

A man authorities say sold more than 15 grams of heroin a day in Lawrence County pleaded guilty Wednesday in common pleas court.

James Martin II, 40, of 20 Township Road 1039 Apt. A, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to a first-degree count of trafficking in heroin. Five additional drug charges were dismissed, as well as a count of having weapons under a disability.

The first degree charge stated Martin sold more than 15 grams of heroin in the vicinity of a juvenile.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced the man to 10 years in prison, a $10,000 fine and three-year driver’s license suspension.

Martin was arrested with two others in February by the Lawrence Drug and Major Crimes Task Force. Prosecuting attorney Brigham Anderson said Martin sold the drugs at the Travelers Motel in Chesapeake.

Keith Cremeans, also arrested with Martin, was sentenced to four years in prison for his part in helping Martin sell the heroin.

Cremeans, 37, of 1043 County Road 59, Chesapeake, previously pleaded guilty to a first-degree count of complicity to trafficking in heroin. Anderson said Cremeans was Martin’s driver.

Cooper also ordered Cremeans to pay a $10,000 fine and his driver’s license was suspended for three years.

In unrelated cases, Ryan Russell, 27, of 304 Fourth Ave., Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to two fourth-degree counts of trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school.

Cooper set sentencing for June 10.

Douglas Price Jr., 32, of 2205 N. Sixth St., Ironton, was arraigned on five fourth-degree counts of trafficking in heroin and one fifth-degree count of trafficking in oxycodone, to which he pleaded not guilty.

A previous indictment alleged Price was trafficking in oxycodone for all six counts. Assistant prosecuting attorney Mack Anderson said a lab test of the drugs concluded the substance was heroin.

Bond was continued at $50,000 cash or surety from a previous arraignment and a pretrial was set for June 10.

Brad Cain, 40, of 81 Township Road 1043 Apt. 13, Chesapeake, was arraigned on a third-degree count of burglary, to which he pleaded not guilty. Cooper set bond at $25,000, cash or surety plus own recognizance. A pretrial was set for June 10.

Emory Markel, 35, of 1216 1/2 S. Ninth St., Ironton, was sentenced to two years in prison for previously pleading guilty to two fourth-degree counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs (Alpha-PVP). Cooper also ordered the man to pay a $2,500 fine and suspended his driver’s license for six months.

Thomas Hardy, 48, 102 Carey Drive, Coal Grove, was arraigned on a fourth-degree count of assault on a peace officer and misdemeanor aggravated menacing, to which he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Cooper ordered the man to be mentally evaluated and set a pretrial for June 17.

Milissa York, 29, of Wurtland, Ky., admitted community control sanctions violations and was sentenced to 16 months in prison.

Cody Patrick, 27, of the Travelers Motel in South Point, pleaded guilty to a third-degree count of intimidation. Cooper set sentencing for June 3.