Ottawa County man indicted on drug charges

An Ottawa County grand jury recently returned several drug-related indictments against a local man.

Jarrod L. Skinner, 49, was indicted on four felony counts of trafficking in dangerous drugs, and one count each of drug trafficking and drug possession, according to a news release from the Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office.

Skinner allegedly sold prescription drugs from August 2015 through February 2016.

“Skinner has been involved with drug-related crimes for years,” said Carl Rider, an agent with Ottawa County’s drug task force. “We first heard about him in the mid-90s. He was already in the court system when he was indicted.”

The drug task force often works in tandem with other law enforcement agencies in the county to apprehend potential criminals.

For instance, Port Clinton police recently worked with the drug task force on an undercover drug buy. The operation helped the task force build a stronger case against a local dealer.

“Without us, the drug problem could run rampant,” Rider said.

Skinner’s case wasn’t the only recent example of law enforcement cracking down on the drug-related crimes.

In fact, another drug case from Genoa recently finished in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court.

Katlynne R. Dean, 26, was recently found guilty on heroin and cocaine possession charges, both fifth-degree felonies. Additionally, she was found guilty of one misdemeanor count of possession of drug abuse instruments, according to the release.

Genoa police responded to a home in the village after learning Dean was in the area earlier this year. She had a warrant for her arrest at the time.

Dean was reportedly found hiding in a crawl space under the home with illegal substances and another person, according to the release.

“Based on the investigation by officers of the Genoa and Clay Township police departments, the jury could clearly see that the drugs and drug abuse instruments found in the house belonged to the defendent,” Ottawa County prosecutor Mark Mulligan said.

Dean is scheduled for sentencing Aug. 1.

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