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UPDATE: Store Owner Sentenced in Synthetic Drug Case

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 1/24/13
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The owner of a South Point business who pleaded guilty to selling synthetic drugs will not face jail time.

Last January, members of the Lawrence County, Ohio Sheriff’s Office and the Lawrence County Drug and Major Crime Task executed a search warrant at Counter Culture in South Point. Robert Holley, 45, of Ashland, Ky., owned the business

Investigators said the raid followed a long investigation into the alleged sale of synthetic marijuana and other analog compounds at the business.

Several months before the raid, deputies removed about $20,000 worth of synthetic marijuana from the store.

On December 31, Holley pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree aggravated trafficking in drugs and one count of trafficking in a controlled substance (analog spice). according the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

Two other trafficking charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

Thursday Holley was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay $10,000 in fines.

Prosecutors say this is the first a person has been convicted of selling drugs in the county..



UPDATE 1/3/12
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The owner of a business raided last year by members of the Lawrence County, Ohio Sheriff’s Office and the Lawrence County Drug and Major Crime Task Force has pleaded guilty to drug charges.

Officers executed a search warrant at Counter Culture in South Point back on January 12, 2012. The business was located in a shopping center on Township Road 1013 in South Point, Ohio.

Investigators said the raid followed a long investigation into the alleged sale of synthetic marijuana and other analog compounds at the business.

In November 2011, deputies removed about $20,000 worth of synthetic marijuana from the store.

Robert Holley, 45, of Ashland, Ky., owned the business. He was originally arrested and charged with the sale of synthetic marijuana following the raid. A grand jury later indicted Holley on four drug trafficking charges.

Monday, during a hearing in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court, Holley pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree aggravated trafficking in drugs and one count of trafficking in a controlled substance (analog spice), according the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

Two other trafficking charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

Holley will be sentenced on January 23. As part of the plea agreement, he is expected to receive three years community control. The Attorney General’s Office says a violation of that parole could put Holley in jail for seven years.

Joshua Tackett, 33, of Olive Hill, Ky., an employee at store was also arrested and charged with tampering with evidence.

Court record show that in November, Tackett pleaded guilty to the charge and was later sentenced to community control and community service.



ORIGINAL STORY 1/12/12
SOUTH POINT, Ohio (WSAZ) -- After a long investigation, deputies executed a search warrant at a business in Lawrence County, Ohio Thursday morning.

Members of the Sheriff's Office and the Lawrence County Drug and Major Crime Task Force arrived at Counter Culture about 11 a.m. It is located in a shopping center on Township Road 1013 in South Point.

According to Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless, Robert Holley, the owner of the store, is being charged with the sale of synthetic marijuana.

Joshua Tackett, an employee, is charged with tampering with evidence.

The search warrant comes after a long investigation into the sale of synthetic marijuana and other analog compounds at the business.

This is not the first time investigators have visited the business.
Back in November, deputies removed about $20,000 worth of synthetic marijuana.

Those types of substances were made illegal in Ohio back in October.

"These synthetic drugs are very dangerous to the user causing them to lose control of their sense, this in turn puts the rest of society in danger. We certainly do not want someone driving our roadways or around our children that are high on these drugs," said Sherifff Lawless.

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