A guilty plea for a Glouster man investigators say was a major drug trafficker for Athens County. He is immediately sentenced.
John Metcalf pleads guilty to eight felony charges all related to drugs.
Charges include three second degree felony counts and one third degree felony for aggravated trafficking in drugs with a firearms specification, one count of possession of marijuana, one county of possession weapons under a disability, one county of possessing criminal tools, and a first degree felony county of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
Metcalf is immediately sentenced to eight years of mandatory prison and five years of community control after.
Athens Prosecutor Keller Blackburn says Metcalf "was involved in the pipeline of drugs coming into the area."
UPDATE 5/22/2014 10:25 AM
Following up on a drug ring bust from last week out of Athens County, where eight people were arrested.
Two of those men were in court Wednesday.
26-year-old Derek Gyure is indicted on 10 different charges, including aggravated possession of drugs and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
He pleads not guilty.
Bond is set at $1 million.
22-year-old John Metcalf was also in court.
He's indicted on eight charges, including aggravated trafficking in drugs and possessing criminal tools.
He pleads not guilty.
Bond is set at $850,000.
Trial is set for July for both men.
UPDATE 5/13/2014 7:10 PM
Eight people are arrested, five indicted on drug charges, in what Athens County officials call a major drug ring.
Three of those charged were in court Tuesday for arraignment.
45-year-old Bert C. Sharrer pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated trafficking drugs and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
Bond is set at $1 million.
His son, 18-year-old Bert Sharrer, Jr., also pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated trafficking drugs and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
Bond is set at $800,000.
22-year-old Kendra Sharrer of Glouster pleaded not guilty to two charges, including one count of aggravated possession of drugs and one count tampering with evidence.
Her bond is set at $800,000.
Trial is set for all three on July 15.
UPDATE 5/12/2014 6:26 PM
Athens County takes down a major drug ring with more arrests.
The drug pipeline extends from Detroit to Columbus to Athens County.
Last week Derek Gyure of Glouster was arrested following a four car chase through the Glouster area.
Athens County Prosecutor Kellar Blackburn says Gyure was armed with a .40 caliber Glock handgun and was seen tossing an ammunition box into the brush containing more than 1,400 oxycodone tablets with a street value of $42,000.
Seven others were also arrested.
“This is an enormous bust,” he says. “You know, we spent a long time getting small, F4/F5 dealers and that takes a long time to curb the cycle. There aren't pills available in Glouster tonight because of this bust over the last week, week and a half.”
According to Blackburn, it's not over. People have addictions and they need to stop dealing, get treatment or face the consequences.
This is a big step forward, but expect more arrests for those who try to take advantage of the system.
UPDATE 5/12/2014 3:40 PM
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - Authorities in southeast Ohio arrested eight people in an effort to shut down what they call a drug pipeline from Athens through Columbus to Detroit.
Authorities say five defendants are charged with drug trafficking and other crimes while another three face other drug charges including possession.
Officials announcing the charges Monday in Athens say a car chase through Glouster in southeast Ohio on May 6 ended with the arrest of a 26-year-old Glouster man on charges of drug trafficking and drug possession.
Authorities also say they confiscated Oxycodone pills worth $42,000 along with $17,000 in cash found in a box with the pills.
Monday's charges were announced by the Athens County prosecutor, the Athens County sheriff, Athens city police and Ohio University police.
Those facing charges include:
Billy Joe Haynes
Bert Sharrer, Jr.
Available mugshots are attached to this story.
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Authorities call him a major drug dealer.
A Glouster man is arrested following a four car chase.
The Athens County prosecutor says Derek Gyure was arrested Monday night.
He had a .40 caliber handgun when he was arrested.
And police say he threw an ammuniton box into the brush containing 1,400 Oxycodone pills worth $42,000.
$17,000 in cash was also in that box.
Gyure is charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, possession of drugs, aggravated trafficking in drugs, tampering with evidence and possession of weapons under a disability.
He's being held on $750,000 bond.