Crawford County Prosecutor Matthew E. Crall said Nathan Brady, the last of four co-defendants, has entered a plea of guilty to charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activities, a first-degree felony, and drug trafficking, a second-degree felony.

The co-conspirators received the following sentences:
• Chris Van Scoit: Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (first-degree felony); trafficking in drugs — heroin (first-degree felony); sentenced 16 years in prison (eligible for judicial release in eight years).

• Nathan Brady: Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (first-degree felony); trafficking in drugs — heroin (second-degree felony); sentenced eight years in prison; released to community control after four years.

• Tonya Laferty: Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity (first-degree felony); trafficking in drugs — heroin (first-degree felony); sentenced to four years and 11 months in prison.

• Connie Brady: Trafficking in drugs (fifth-degree felony); sentenced to three years community control.

“The sentences given in these cases are significant. Persons who work to bring drugs into our county and distribute the poison, (heroin) which is killing our community, must pay a hefty price,” Crall said in a news release. “The Crawford County Prosecutor’s Office will use the engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, where we can, to keep heroin and other illegal drugs out of our county.”

Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activities cases are complex matters that require the cooperation of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, the Bucyrus Police Department, the Crawford County Prosecutor’s Office and the METRICH drug task force.

“Sergeant/Detective Chris Heydinger and Assistant County Prosecutor Ryan Hoovler’s efforts are to be commended … in leading this effort,” Crall said.

“Their extra effort is what is required to make this happen.

“While much remains to be done to attack the influx of illegal drugs into our community, the community needs to be aware of what efforts are being made, and the legal consequences of those who break the law,” Crall said.

Originally published in the Bucyrus Telegraph Forum in October 18, 2013.