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Couple sentenced engaging in racketeering

PDT Sports Writer

September 29, 2012

FRANK LEWIS


PDT Staff Writer


Two people have been sentenced under Ohio’s version of the federal Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.


William R. Stuckey, 60, and his girlfriend, Rebecca A. Fargo, 31, both of 59 Tripp St., South Webster, entered guilty pleas in the courtroom of Scioto County Common Pleas Judge Howard H. Harcha, III Thursday.


According to Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn, Stuckey, Fargo, and 10 others were named in a multi-count indictment in a pattern of corrupt activities.


The indictment alleged that Stuckey and Fargo, over a two year period, ran an organization that would transport large quantities of Oxycodone from Detroit to Scioto County. The drugs then would be packaged and distributed to other dealers who would sell them on the street in Scioto, Adams and Jackson counties.


On March 30, 2012, officers of the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on the residence occupied by Stuckey and Fargo and seized over 3,700 Oxycodone pills, over $17,000 in cash, bank accounts in Stuckey’s name, two vehicles, 39 firearms, and over 200 tools, electronic items and appliances which were stolen or purchased with drug money.


Stuckey forfeited to the state approximately $87,000, all the firearms, the vehicles and all the tools, electronic items and appliances. The proceeds of the forfeiture are earmarked by state statute to be used by law enforcement agencies in the fight against drug trafficking.


Stuckey entered guilty please to one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activities and three counts of trafficking in Oxycodone and was given 14 years in prison. Fargo entered guilty pleas to one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activities and two counts of trafficking in Oxycodone. She was sentenced to four years and 11 months in prison. Fargo has prior felony convictions for burglary and possession of drugs.


The remaining 10 persons indicted for racketeering are scheduled to enter please of guilty or are set for trial.


Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 232, or at flewis@heartlandpublications.com