A Keego Harbor, Michigan, man will spend the next decade in prison for selling prescription pills out of an Ironton hotel.
Charles Shelby, 28, was sentenced Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court. He was found guilty of first-degree aggravated trafficking in drugs and third-degree tampering with evidence in a two-day jury trial last week.
Judge Charles Cooper also ordered the man to pay a $10,000 fine and suspended his driver’s license for five years. Shelby was also ordered to forfeit $2,651 in cash to the drug task force.
Shelby requested an appeal.
The charges followed an investigation by the Ironton Police Department and the Lawrence Drug and Major Crime Task Force after they were called to the Holiday Inn Express and Suites earlier this year over an altercation between Shelby and a woman.
That is when officers found 159 oxycodone tablets with a street value of $5,000, the cash and marijuana.
In an unrelated case, two Ironton women arrested in June for selling pills pleaded guilty.
Paula M. Thibodaux, 45, and Ashley N. Thibodaux, 24, both of 826 S. Tenth St. Apt. D, Ironton, were each sentenced to seven years in prison, $7,500 fines and a one-year driver’s license suspension.
Paula pleaded guilty to second-degree counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and trafficking in drugs. Ashley Thibodaux pleaded guilty to second-degree complicity to trafficking in drugs and trafficking in drugs.
The women were also ordered to forfeit their interests in $5,255 that was confiscated during their arrest.
The women, along with Brandon L. Thibodaux, 29, and Terry Lee Corbin, 59, were arrested following an investigation by the drug task force into the sale of oxycodone.
In other cases:
• Joseph Brooks, 49, of 2666 James River Road, Huntington, was arraigned on a third-degree count of burglary and a fifth-degree count of possession of drugs. Cooper continued bond from a lower court.
• Tracy McDonald, 45, of 19 Township Road 31, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to counts of second-degree felonious assault, misdemeanor assault and fourth-degree assault on a peace office.
Cooper set sentencing for Sept. 9.
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