Drug dealer sentenced to 5½ years in prison

A man with a lengthy criminal history in Ottawa County was sentenced to over five years in prison after being arrested in a drug raid earlier this year.

Bryant Boyd, 40, of Port Clinton, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two felony drug trafficking charges, a felony aggravated drug possession charge, and a misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charge in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court.

Judge Bruce Winters sentenced Boyd to 5½ years behind bars, the maximum allowable prison term, and ordered him to pay a mandatory fine of $5,000.

According to reports from the Ottawa County Drug Task Force, Boyd is accused of selling cocaine and fentanyl, a synthetic opioid more potent than heroin, out of a Port Clinton home in January.

The home was the subject of a raid by the drug task force where their officers reportedly seized suspected heroin, cutting agents, a digital scale containing possible drug residue, and packaging materials commonly used to traffic drugs, according to task force commander Carl Rider.

The alleged incident occurred while Boyd was out on bond awaiting sentencing in his other criminal cases.

As part of a plea agreement, the separate previously pending case against Boyd was dismissed, including four fourth-degree felony drug charges.

Boyd also was previously accused of assaulting and robbing a woman in July 2016, but the accuser later recanted her story in a sworn affidavit and the charges were subsequently dismissed.

In another incident from 2015, Boyd was accused of barging into a Port Clinton home in the middle of the night and threatening the resident. According to court records, he was sentenced to 21 days in county jail for menacing.

In 2006, Boyd was convicted of trafficking drugs and possession of dangerous drugs, both fifth-degree felonies. Several other counts on which he also was convicted were later dismissed and he was released in 2013.

When Boyd is released from prison for his most recent sentence, he also will be subject to three years of post-release control, or parole.

Published by portclintonnewsherald.com

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