By Frank Lewis
Two women were sentenced to 20 years each by Judge William T. Marshall after being convicted on drug charges Wednesday. Ashley Inez Johnson, 24 and Khadeja S. Avery, 26, both of Detroit, waived a jury trial and entered guilty pleas to an indictment returned by the Scioto County grand jury on charges of trafficking in heroin, oxymorphone and oxycodone.
The women entered a plea negotiation with the state and were convicted as major drug offenders, giving them mandatory prison terms without early release on parole.
“This was a sentence consistent and proportionate with other sentences in Scioto County for this amount of drugs,” Assistant Scioto County Prosecutor Pat Apel said. “Every one of the 4,500 oxycodone pills and each of the 411 grams of heroin seized in this case was bound for Huntington and most probably a part of it to Marshall University. While we are distressed for the families of the defendants in this case, we are also very distressed for the addicts who would have used these drugs and their families who suffer the horrors of drug addiction.”
Apel said on Dec. 4, 2013, troopers of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, criminal patrol unit which concentrates on drug interdiction, stopped a green mini-van for traffic violations. He said when troopers approached the vehicle, troopers smelled marijuana, and a subsequent search of the vehicle revealed the drugs inside a bag on the back seat.
Apel — who, along with Assistant Prosecutor Julie Hutchinson, represented the state in the case — said neither of the defendants had served prior prison terms.
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