Man convicted of trafficking near a school


By Frank Lewis

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Charles Shelby, age 28, of Michigan, was found guilty Friday of drug charges lodged against him. In a two-day jury trial in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court presented by Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham M. Anderson, the jury found Shelby guilty of aggravated trafficking in drugs within a thousand feet of a school which is a felony of the first degree and tampering with evidence, a third degree felony.

The jury further found that the $2,651 cash located on his person at the time of Shelby’s arrest is to be forfeited to the state of Ohio.

Anderson said the conviction was the result of an investigation by the Lawrence Drug and Major Crime Task Force and the Ironton Police Department after officers were called to the Holiday Inn Express in Ironton on March 20 for a complain of an altercation between Shelby and a female.

As a result of the investigation, officers said they discovered 159 oxycodone tablets with a street value of over $5,000, $2,651 cash and marijuana.

He is to be sentenced in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

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