UPDATE 9/28/12 @ 10:50 a.m.
SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A South Webster man and his girlfriend will spend the next decade in jail.
According to a release from Scioto County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Kuhn, William Stuckey, 60, and his girlfriend, Rebecca Fargo, 31, both of South Webster, pleaded guilty to a multi-count indictment.
Stuckey and Fargo faced charges, along with 10 others, of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activities.
According to the release, Stuckey and Fargo, over a two-year period, ran an organization that would transport large quantities of oxycodone from Detroit to Scioto County. The drugs would then be packaged and distributed to other dealers who would sell them on the street in Scioto, Adams and Jackson Counties.
Back in March, the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force seized over 3,700 oxycodone pills, more than $17,000 in cash, two vehicles, 39 firearms and over 200 tools.
Stuckey pleaded guilty to one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activities and three counts of trafficking in oxycodone. Fargo pleaded guilty to one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activities and two counts of trafficking in oxycodone.
Fargo was sentenced to four years and 11 months in jail.
The other 10 people that were indicted for racketeering are scheduled to enter guilty pleas or are set for trial.
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In April, the Scioto County Sheriff's Department led a raid that seizure and arrested a suspected ringleader.
Now, they are using organized crime charges and making more syndicate style arrests.
The spring raid on a South Webster Tripp Street home netted thousands in pills and cash. They also seized enough guns and merchandise to outfit a busy pain pill pawn shop.
59-year-old William Stuckey was arrested in the connection to the raid. And over the past two weeks, the task force made eight more arrests, many of which were women.
They said stopping this pill distribution ring makes a dent, but just for the short term.
"You’ve got these individuals who are actually tripping to Detroit to replenish their supply and you've got others that continue to travel even further south to Florida," Sheriff Marty Donini said.
Donini said the nearly four thousand oxycodones seized were likely a fraction of what this gang peddled before caught.
He said there are still more members to be rounded up in this never ending battle.
The sheriff said much of the credit for the bust goes the public for tips and leads.
Sheriff Marty Donini says nine people were recently arrested after being indicted by a grand jury for their alleged roles in the conspiracy.
According to a news release, on March 30, members of Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit initiated a search warrant at the residence of 59-year-old William R. Stuckey and 31-year-old Rebecca Fargo, both of South Webster.
Detectives say they seized over 3,000 Oxycodone pills, numerous firearms, cash, and property suspected of being derived from the proceeds of drug trafficking. The Oxycodone pills seized had an estimated street value of over $100,000.
As the investigation continued, the case involving Stuckey, Fargo, and several other individuals believed to have participated in the drug trafficking operation with Stuckey, was presented to a Scioto County Grand Jury.
That grand jury voted to indict Stuckey, Fargo, 27-year-old Lydia Blanche Yeagle of Lucasville, 39-year-old Rebecca J. Howard of Portsmouth, 29-year-old Angel A. Sadler of West Portsmouth, 30-year-old Brian D. Carter of Jackson, Ohio, 25-year-old Shannon E. Deems of Greenup, Ky., 34-year-old Heather J. Smith (Andronis) of Lucasville, 29-year-old Christopher W. Mason of Lucasville.
The charges include: Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, Conspiracy to Engage in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, Aggravated Trafficking in Oxycodone with-in the Vicinity of a Juvenile, Aggravated Possession of Oxycodone, Attempted Trafficking in Oxycodone with-in the Vicinity of a Juvenile, Conspiracy to Engage in Drug Trafficking, and Trafficking in Oxycodone.
Stuckey was indicted on more than 40 counts while Fargo was indicted on more than 30 counts.
The Sheriff says on June 5 arrest warrants were issued for Stuckey, Fargo, Yeagle, Howard, Sadler, Carter, Deems, Smith, Mason, and several other individuals..
After being arraigned in Scioto County Common Pleas Court, Stuckey is being held on a $750,000 bond, Fargo & Yeagle on $250,000 bonds, and Smith, Deems, Howard, Mason, & Sadler on $100,000 bonds. Carter has been released on posting a $100,000 bond.
According to Sheriff Donini, there are still a few individuals believed to have participated in the organization that have outstanding arrest warrants.
The names of those people are not being released at this time.
We hear a lot about that drug pipeline in southern Ohio, but police say this arrest is significant.
Drug task force members call it a major disruption in a drug network that comes from Detroit to Portsmouth and beyond -- one that took a detour.
After months of investigation, a search warrant executed Friday night exposed another of these so-called pain pill pawn shops. And this one was on a grand scale.
The nearly 4,000 oxycodone pills seized were packaged in ready to sell 100-count bags -- sold for $3,000 each. That helps explain the more than $17,000 taken, along with 39 different firearms.
So, where did this happen? Neighbors told us about overwhelming traffic in and out of a home along Tripp Street in South Webster -- right across the road from the area youth ball fields.
Arrested at his rural South Webster home was 59-year-old William Stuckey. Scioto County Sheriff Marty Donini says Stuckey was a major player in the Detroit drug connection and one of the largest pill traffickers since the county's recent pill mill shutdowns.
“We believe he is a big fish," Donini said. "We knew our drug dealers had this connection with Detroit, along with the pain clinics. But now that they are all closed, we have a lot more tripping to Detroit.”
Donini says the inventory is still going on with all the merchandise seized in the raid. Besides all the guns, the raid netted dozens of TVs and video game systems, boxes upon boxes of power and hand tools, a Mustang and two ATVs. Donini said all of the evidence could help solve many similar crimes.
Donini explained, "That's the reason we're taking a lot more burglary calls -- the theft of stolen guns. A lot of drug traffickers trade for drugs, as opposed to requiring cash.”
The sheriff says what's not stolen and returned will be sold, and the money will go back into the task force fund -- along with all that cash.
The task force is made up of dedicated narcotics officers from the Sheriff's Office, the Portsmouth Police and the FBI. Folks in South Webster and beyond are praising their team effort.
Stuckey is in jail on a $1 million cash bond.
Task force members say they expect to make more arrests in this Detroit drug connection case.
59-year-old William Stuckey of South Webster, Ohio was arrested Friday night following a raid at his residence on Tripp Street.
County Sheriff Marty Donini says Stuckey is believed to be one of the largest traffickers of Oxycodone pills since the recent shutdown of several pill mills in Scioto County.
During a search of Stuckey’s residence, detectives seized approximately 3,754 non-prescribed Oxycodone pills, 39 guns, more than $17,000 in cash and thousands of dollars worth of property believed to have been derived from the proceeds of drug trafficking.
The Oxycodone pills seized have an estimated street value of more than $102,000.
Stuckey was charged with both trafficking and possession of drugs. He is being held in the Scioto County Jail in lieu $500,000 bail.
It has not yet been determined if Stuckey will be prosecuted at the state or federal level, and the investigation is ongoing.