11 jailed for drug trafficking

Published 12:39 pm Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Lawrence Drug and Major Crimes Task Force has arrested 11 Ironton and Pedro residents for allegedly selling drugs.

According to a release from the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office, three Pedro residents were arrested following a two-month investigation into the sale of oxycodone.

On Nov. 3, Steve R. Akers, 50, of 18023 State Route 93; Anthony R. Collins, 41, of 19609 State Route 93; and Travis Lee Bloomfield, 28, of 18023 State Route 93, were arrested.

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During controlled purchases of oxycodone, Collins and Bloomfield separately traveled to Akers’ residence, obtained oxycodone tablets and provided the oxycodone to a confidential informant,” according to the release. All three were arrested in Pedro while a search warrant was executed at Akers’ residence.

During the arrests oxycodone, alprazolam, marijuana, cash and firearms were allegedly seized.
The case will be presented to a grand jury in November.

On Nov. 8 and 9, eight Ironton residents were arrested as a result of secret indictments returned by a grand jury.

The investigations allegedly involved trafficking in heroin, crystal methamphetamine, oxycodone and Suboxone.

Those arrested were: David D. Valentine, 56, of 2543 S. Fifth St.; Larry S. Williams, 38, of 1416 S. Ninth St.; Kimberly D. Cochran, 35, of 620 N. Sixth St.; Wanda J. Stapleton, 45, of 2440 S. Sixth St.; Richard W. Gee, 54, of 1014 Ellison Avenue; Chasity Lynn Hall, 21, of 620 N. Sixth St.; Randall Lee Boggs, 35, of 513 N. Sixth St.; and Joshua Allen Gee, 26, of 620 N. Sixth Street.

Assisting in the investigations were the drug task force, sheriff’s office, prosecutor’s office and Ironton Police Department.