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2 plead in major drug case

Others arraigned in common pleas court

A man thought by investigators to be involved in one of the main supply rings of Alpha-PVP in Lawrence County pleaded guilty Wednesday in common pleas court.

David Rick Bowles, 60, of 3954 County Road 55, South Point, pleaded guilty to a second-degree count of aggravated trafficking in drugs. Three fifth-degree counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

A specification to the indictment said Bowles was at the time of the offense, in possession of $19,823 in cash and 33 various firearms and ammunition.

That specification carries with it a mandatory one-year consecutive prison sentence with the time he receives for the drug charge.

Judge Charles Cooper set sentencing for Jan. 6.

The man’s wife, Charlotte Bowles, 55, of the same address, also admitted her involvement. She pleaded guilty to a count of misdemeanor permitting drug abuse, which was amended from a felony of the fifth degree. A charge of second-degree aggravated trafficking in drugs was dismissed.

Cooper also set her sentencing for Jan 6.

Also charged in the same case is James P. Bowles, 31, of 4023 County Road 30, Kitts Hill. He is charged with one second- and one third-degree count of aggravated trafficking in Alpha-PVP, fifth-degree possession of drugs and misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and possession of drug abuse instruments.

James Bowles is set to go to trial on Jan. 7.

The three were arrested following the execution of a search warrant by the Lawrence County Drug and Major Crimes Task Force, the sheriff’s office and the Coal Grove Police K-9 unit at David Bowles’ home on County Road 55 back in July.

At the residence law enforcement found approximately 40 grams of Schedule I drug Alpha-PVP with a street value of $10,000; several digital scales; packaging material; the cash and firearms.

The investigation into the alleged sale of Alpha-PVP was a months-long effort and thought by investigators to be one of the main suppliers of the drug in Lawrence County.

In other cases:

• Cory Layne, 26, of 2007 N. Fourth St., Ironton, was arraigned on a bill of information of third-degree trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs, to which he pleaded not guilty. Cooper set bond at $25,000 cash or surety plus own-recognizance.

• Jaymond Estes, 22, of Adams Avenue, Huntington, was sentenced to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation and treatment at Septa. He previously pleaded guilty to fifth-degree counts of identity fraud and forgery, which were merged into one charge.

• Claudette Gibson, 41, of 49 Township Road 1013, South Point, was sentenced to four years in prison and a one-year driver’s license suspension. She previously pleaded guilty to two third-degree aggravated trafficking in drug charges.

• Matisha Leach, 30, of 59 Rosita Lynn Drive, Point Pleasant, West Virginia, who pleaded guilty to two fifth-degree counts of violating a protection order and misdemeanor counts of assault, domestic violence and endangering children, was sentenced to four years CCS/ISP and STAR.

• Zachary Corn, 22, of 1308 S. First St., Ironton, was sentenced to STAR. He previously pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree count of fourth-degree trafficking in drugs.

• Michael Shong Jr., 25, of 2112 State Route 325 N., Bidwell, pleaded guilty to a second-degree count of burglary. Cooper set sentencing for Nov. 10.

• Larry Curry, 51, of 791 County Road 31 Apt. A, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to a third-degree count of aggravated trafficking in drugs. Cooper sentenced the man to three years in prison, a $500 fine and a one-year driver’s license suspension.

• Charles Johnson II, 26, of 56 County Road 57 Unit 2, South Point, was arraigned on a fifth-degree count of possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug abuse instruments, to which he pleaded not guilty. Judge D. Scott Bowling set bond at $10,000 OR and a pretrial was set for Nov. 18.

• Mark Miller, 42, of 310 Chinns Branch Road, Wurtland, pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree count of assault on a peace officer and misdemeanor resisting arrest. Bowling set sentencing for Nov. 10.

• Austin Sexton, 20, of Fout’s Group Home, Ironton, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree count of breaking and entering. Bowling sentenced the man to six months in prison.

• David Rann, 22, of 109 Ella St., South Point, pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree count of possession of heroin. Bowling sentenced the man to treatment in lieu of conviction, which includes four years CCS/ISP and STAR.

• Albert Rucker, 24, of 120 Apt. A Freeman Court, South Point, pleaded guilty to three fifth-degree counts of theft. Bowling set sentencing for Nov. 10.

• Marce Cremeans III, 46, address unknown, pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree count of breaking and entering. Bowling set sentencing for Nov. 10.

• Michael Gore, 28, of 1422 S. Fifth St., Ironton, who previously pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree count of theft, was sentenced to four years CCS/ISP, STAR, 200 hours community service and was ordered to pay $7,885 restitution.