Detroit Drug Dealers Each Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

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

SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Two Detroit men on Wednesday were sentenced to 18 years each in prison for drug trafficking offenses, according to information from Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn's office.

Lenward W. Pulliam Jr., 31, and Harold W. Chapple, 26, both of Detroit, pleaded guilty to an indictment returned by the Scioto County grand jury.

Both were convicted as major drug offenders and sentenced to mandatory prison terms without parole. They were sentenced in Scioto County Common Pleas Court.

The charges against Pulliam and Chapple stem from an incident that happened Jan. 22, 2013, according to the news release. Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers stopped a Chevrolet Impala speeding on U.S. 23, just south of Lucasville.

A drug dog was called after the two men gave conflicting stories to troopers about where they had been. Troopers ended up finding 196 grams of heroin, and about 2,500 oxycodone 30 milligram tablets. Alprazolam and oxymorphone tablets also were found in the car.

The men told troopers they were taking the drugs to Huntington, W.Va., and they were paid $1,000 a trip to drive from Detroit to Huntington.

Scioto County Assistant Prosecutor Pat Apel said Pulliam had been arrested in Huntington while out on bond on this offense, while Chapple had a prior drug arrest in Detroit.

"This was a huge multidrug seizure and is a tribute to the diligence of the Highway Patrol," Apel said in the prepared release. "This is a tribute to the hard work and courage of the local Highway Patrol post."

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