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4 plead not guilty to drug charges: Accused of selling crystal meth from Proctorville home

Four people accused of selling methamphetamine in bulk pleaded not guilty to the charges.

On Tuesday morning, Jasmine G. Mendoza, 23, Richard E. Ellis, 48, Stephanie A. Harrison, 52, and Helen M. Belville, 72, were in the Lawrence County Common Pleas Court of Judge Andy Ballard and all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Around 8 a.m. on June 18, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and the Lawrence County Drug and Major Crimes Taskforce executed a search warrant on a residence at 217 Cranford Lane in Proctorville.

The warrant was issued after the task force’s investigation into complaints about crystal methamphetamine and other illegal drugs being sold at the house. Members of the task force made several controlled purchases of what they believed to be crystal methamphetamine, which lead to the search of the house.

During the search, officers seized crystal methamphetamine, marijuana, cash, two firearms and a drug ledger. In indictments, the amount of crystal methamphetamine was listed as a 28.6 grams, which is five times more than but less than 50 times bulk amount.

Belville was indicted on one count of first-degree felony complicity to aggravated trafficking in drugs, one count of second-degree felony complicity to aggravated trafficking in drugs, one count of fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of drugs and one count of first-degree felony engaging in pattern of corrupt activity. She was charged with one count of fifth-degree felony permitting drug abuse since she was the person who had control of the house and permitting the sale of crystal methamphetamine from May 28 to June 18.

Her bond was set at $100,000 cash or surety and a trial date has been set for Aug. 22.

Ellis was indicted on two counts of second-degree felony aggravated trafficking in drugs, three counts of first-degree felony aggravated trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile and one count of first-degree felony engaging in pattern of corrupt activity.

His bond was set at $100,000 cash or surety and a trial date has been set for Sept. 5 and 6.

Mendoza was indicted on one count of second-degree felony aggravated trafficking in drugs, one count of first-degree felony aggravated trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile, one count of first-degree felony complicity to aggravated trafficking in drugs, and one count of first-degree felony engaging in pattern of corrupt activity.

Her bond was set at $100,000 cash or surety and a trial date has been set for Sept. 3 and 4.

Harrison was indicted on three counts of second-degree felony complicity to aggravated trafficking in drugs, one count of first-degree felony aggravated trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile and one count of first-degree felony engaging in pattern of corrupt activity.

Her bond was set at $100,000 cash or surety, and is required to wear a GPS monitor if she makes bail. No trial date has been set.

All four will have a pre-trial hearing on Aug. 7 in Ballard’s court.