Harrison County drug suspects arraigned

CADIZ Harrison County Common Pleas Court saw almost a dozen arraignments Tuesday after a large drug bust and 14 arrests last Friday. Judge Michael Nunner presided.

According to the prosecutor’s office, the arrests were a culmination of a seven-month investigation by the sheriff’s office and the Cadiz police. Officers and K-9 units were involved. Cocaine, prescription pills, and marijuana were seized in the county’s largest raid since 2009. The suspects were transported to Harrison, Jefferson and Carroll County jails.

  • Jeffrey Kelley, 79950 Unionvale Kenwood Road, Adena, pleaded not guilty to a count of trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fourth degree.
  • Christopher Newell, 31,697 Country Club Road, Cadiz, pleaded not guilty on two counts trafficking in drugs, felonies of the fourth and fifth degrees.
  • Raeann Newell, 42, 158 N. Buffalo St., Cadiz, pleaded not guilty to trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fourth degree.
  • Rodney Vernon, 58, 202 S. Buffalo St., Cadiz, pleaded not guilty to trafficking in marijuana, a felony of the fifth degree.
  • Curtis Goldsby, 52, 697 Country Club Road, Cadiz, pleaded not guilty to trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fifth degree.
  • Henry Ray Walker, 38, 201 Burton Dr., Cadiz, pleaded not guilty to trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fourth degree
  • Timothy Henwood, 52, 313 Deersville Ave., Cadiz, pleaded not guilty to two counts of trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fourth degree
  • J. Miller-Johnson, 21, 105 E. Market St., Cadiz, pleaded not guilty to two counts trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fifth degree.
  • Kevin Mason, W. Market St., Cadiz, pleaded not guilty to two counts trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fifth degree.
  • Gerald West Jr., 129 W. Market St., pleaded not guilty to trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fifth degree.

All were released on recognizance bonds, though Harrison County Prosecutor T. Shawn Hervey noted that several had recent or long time prior records. Pre-trials will be scheduled

A fourth degree felony carries a fine of up to $5,000. Nunner will consider community based controls for five years. If the accused is not amenable to such controls, they could face a sentence of six to 18 months. They would also face the suspension of driving privileges for six months.

A fifth degree felony carries a fine of $2,500 and 6-12 months imprisonment, with otherwise identical penalties to a felony of the fourth degree.

Jamal Y. Johnson, 41, 201 Burton Drive, Cadiz, and Jennifer Wilson-Johnson, 38, who will be living with parents at 47393 Unionvale Road, Cadiz, pleaded not guilty to one count trafficking in cocaine greater than 10 grams, a felony of the third degree, allegedly occurring March 8 through June 20, and six counts trafficking in cocaine, a felony of the fifth degree.

Johnson’s bond was set at $30,000. Wilson-Johnson asked Nunner to consider house arrest in her case, since she is employed and has two children in school. She added that she has not violated the law in the past six years.

Wilson-Johnson will be responsible for the $80 initial hookup and daily fee of $8.

A felony of the third degree carries a fine of $2,500-$10,000, a six month suspension of driving privileges, and a sentence of nine, 12, 18, 24, 30 or 36 months.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleaderonline.com