UPDATE 10/2/13 @ 2:45 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A judge in Scioto County has sentenced a Cincinnati man to eight years in prison for trafficking in heroin and cocaine.
Antwan Criswell, 32, was found guilty on four of five counts following a bench trial in Scioto County Common Pleas Court Wednesday.
The charges are the result of his arrest during a “high risk” traffic stop on U.S. 52 just west of the Portsmouth city limits.
Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn says that on September 24, 2012, members of the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force and FBI received information that a shipment of heroin would be arriving in Portsmouth that day.
Kuhn says the information included a warning that the men were armed and dangerous.
The officers then tracked the movements of the individuals from Cincinnati to Scioto County and surrounded the vehicle on U.S 52.
Kuhn says the officers then removed five people from the vehicle and seized 152 grams of heroin and 72 grams of crack cocaine.
During the stop the heavily armed officers blocked traffic on U.S. 52 so travelers would not be in danger
“This was the largest heroin seizure to that date in Scioto County,” said Assistant Prosecutor Pat Apel. “There have been larger seizures since then but this was a major drug ring operating in the county.”
Apel says Criswell had been out of prison 13 days when he was arrested. Criswell has 9 felony convictions dating back to 1999.
Several members of the drug ring have been indicted by a federal grand jury.
According to a news release from the Scioto County Sheriff's Office, Narcotics Detectives conducted a "high risk" traffic stop of a vehicle on U.S. 52 East in West Portsmouth, Ohio.
This happened Monday at 8 p.m.
Upon a search of the vehicle, detectives seized approximately 160 grams of suspected heroin and approximately 75 grams of suspected crack cocaine.
Detectives arrested 23-year-old Antonio L. Spikes, 31-year-old Antwon L. Criswell and 24-year-old Desmond A. Jenkins, all of Cincinnati. Each of them are being charged with two counts of possession of drugs, which are felonies of the first degree.
Spikes, Criswell and Jenkins are in the Scioto County Jail.
They're being held in lieu of $40,000 bonds and are set to be arraigned in Portsmouth Municipal Court Tuesday morning.
The Southern Ohio Drug Task Force consists of the narcotics detectives from the Scioto County Sheriff's Office, the Portsmouth Police Department and agents of the FBI.
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