UPDATE: Man Found Guilty Bench Trial in Scioto County Drug Case

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

UPDATE 5/8/14 @ 2:15 p.m.
SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A Detroit man is headed to prison after being found guilty by a judge during a bench trial.

In a surprise move, James Deandre Crocker, 34, decided last week to waive his right to a jury trial and asked Judge Howard H. Harcha III to decide his case.

A bench trial was held in Scioto County this week.

Judge Harcha found Crocker guilty of trafficking and possession of heroin, trafficking and possession of cocaine and tampering with evidence.

Crocker was picked up for a traffic violation in February 2013. During the stop, investigators found drugs in the body of Dicey Deselle, who was a passenger in Crocker's vehicle. They say she had nearly 50 grams of heroin and over 50 grams of cocaine on her. The drugs were worth over $13,000.

Judge Harcha sentenced Crocker to eight years in prison. He is also facing charged out of Michigan on a parole violation for a prior aggravated robbery and weapons charge.

Charges remain pending against Deselle.



ORIGINAL STORY 2/13/13 @ 7:30 a.m.
LUCASVILLE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Two people from Detroit face felony drug charges following a traffic stop in Scioto County Tuesday night.

The Ohio Highway Patrol stopped the car near Lucasville about 9:15 p.m.

Troopers say during a search of the passenger, they seized 2 ounces of heroin and 2 ounces of cocaine. They say the drugs have an approximate combined street value of $13,104.

James D. Crocker, 33, and Dicey D. Deselle, 21, both of Detroit, Mich., were charged with trafficking and possession of heroin and trafficking and possession of cocaine.

Crocker was taken to the Scioto County Jail.


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