PDT Staff Writer
With eight prior drug convictions, the court classified a Portsmouth man as a “major drug offender” Wednesday and sentenced him to 11 years in prison.
A Scioto County Common Pleas jury took less than 90 minutes to find Barry J. Cave, 58, of 714 Brown St. guilty on five counts of cocaine trafficking and one count of possession of criminal tools, all the counts charged in the case, arising from a February 2013 investigation conducted by the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force.
Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn said Task Force officers and FBI agents began the investigation after complaints of cocaine sales from Cave’s house on Brown Street. Kuhn said controlled buys of crack cocaine were made by Task Force officers on Feb. 5, Feb. 7, Feb. 11 and Feb. 20 of this year.
After the purchase on Feb. 20, Task Force officers sought a search warrant from a local judge and executed the warrant that day. Kuhn said in the house officers found approximately 105 grams of crack cocaine, sandwich baggies Kuhn said were used in the distribution of cocaine, baking soda used to cut cocaine, a television monitor watching the front door and $3,330 in cash. Included in the cash was a $50 bill which had been used in the purchase of cocaine earlier that day.
Cave was convicted of distribution of crack cocaine, four counts of sale of crack cocaine and one count of possession of criminal tools. The sentences on the sale counts and the criminal tools count were run concurrently with the 11-year sentence.
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