The Scioto County Sheriff’s Office and the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force were kept busy with a case that centered around drugs and stolen ATVs. That case is over and the man they say perpetrated the crime spree is now facing 20 years in Prison.
Scioto County Prosecutor, Mark Kuhn said on Aug. 16, 2016, a Scioto County Petit Jury returned a verdict of guilty on sixteen (16) charges filed against Elsworth Chafin, III, 30, of West Portsmouth, Ohio. The jury deliberated for just over two hours before returning guilty verdicts against Chafin for six drug charges involving heroin, nine charges for receiving stolen property – ATVs – and one count of possession of criminal tools.
The investigation of Chafin began when detective Jodi Conkel, of the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, contacted Detective John Koch of the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force around 3 a.m. April 1, 2016, to inquire about a West Portsmouth man who went by the name of “Booter”. Conkel said she had learned though informants that a man using the name “Booter” was buying stolen four wheeled ATVs with cash and heroin. Koch, as it turned out, was also working a narcotics investigation on an individual using the name “Booter”. Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn said the two worked that morning on identifying that person and learned that his name was Elsworth Chafin.
Following an undercover drug buy, the Scioto County Adult Probation Department conducted a home visit on Chafin’s residence. Chafin had been on probation for a misdemeanor theft offense. Upon arriving at the residence, probation officers asked for the assistance of the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office and the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force. Kuhn said in total the Sheriff’s Office seized eight stolen four wheelers from Chafin’s residence and one additional stolen four wheeler from a different location, which he said was linked to Chafin. The detectives said they also seized a stolen firearm and over 15 grams of heroin, as well as items used in drug trafficking, from Chafin and his residence. In total, the Scioto County Sheriff’s office said they recovered 22 stolen ATV’s, from different individuals, as part of their investigation of the thefts.
The State’s case was presented by Kuhn and Assistant Prosecutor Shane Tieman. The State presented the testimony of 21 individuals and 70 exhibits throughout the trial.
On Aug. 17, 2016, Judge William T. Marshall sentenced Chafin to 20 years in the custody of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitations and Corrections. Chafin remains lodged in the Scioto County Jail pending transport to the Ohio Penitentiary at Orient.