Local Heroin Dealer Convicted, Sentenced in Chicago Drug Pipeline Offense

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

SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A Portsmouth man was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison for drug offenses involving heroin, according to a news release from Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn's office.

Ronald E. Gavin, 33, was indicted on trafficking, possession, conspiracy to traffic and tampering with evidence charges involving heroin.

Gavin was found guilty after a two-and-a-half-day jury trial and sentenced immediately afterward in Scioto County Common Pleas Court.

Police found 97 grams of heroin in a vehicle Gavin had driven. Portsmouth Police and probation officers also searched Gavin's apartment along Boundary Street in Portsmouth.

Several witnesses testified they had bought heroin from Gavin, who told them his drugs were from Chicago.

Gavin also is known by the street name "Ill-town," a reference to his connections to Chicago and Illinois.

One woman testified that Gavin sold the strongest heroin in Portsmouth, saying she had overdosed on it three times in one week.

Gavin has six prior felony drug convictions in Illinois and Ohio. He was sentenced to the maximum sentence on Wednesday.

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