Locals sentenced in federal court

By Frank Lewis - flewis@civitasmedia.com



Three Scioto County residents are among the last of eight defendants sentenced after being found guilty of distributing heroin, anabolic steroids and other drugs in central and southern Ohio. The sentencings took place in U.S. District Court, capping a two-year investigation by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

Jonathan Nunez, 27, of Wheelersburg was sentenced to 41 months in prison. Timothy Mutter, 59, of Franklin Furnace was sentenced to 36 months and Richard Glenn, 36, of Portsmouth, will spend 36 months in prison as well.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Angela L. Byers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Timothy J. Plancon, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Detroit Field Division, agencies participating in the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force, and Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs announced the sentences Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Michael H. Watson presided over the case.

In addition to the Scioto County residents, Mark Eubanks, 34, Columbus, was sentenced to 150 months in prison; Donald Smith, 52, Columbus, was sentenced to 72 months; Gregory Workman, 51, Springfield will spend 36 months behind bars, while Kent Whiteside, 32, Columbus, will go away for 18 months and Trent Banks, 47, Souoth Bloomfield, will spend 36 months on probation.

All except Banks pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin. Banks pleaded guilty to trafficking anabolic steroids.

According to court documents, the FBI began investigating a drug trafficking organization operating in central and southern Ohio in 2014. During the course of the investigation, agents testified they identified Eubanks as a distributor of narcotics, including heroin, cocaine, MDMA and anabolic steroids. Authorities said Eubanks used two residences and a storage unit in Columbus to conduct drug transactions and store narcotics, drug proceeds and firearms. As the investigation progressed, agents said they learned that Eubanks and his co-conspirators were distributing heroin and anabolic steroids in central and southern Ohio. Agents executed search warrants at various locations and seized quantities of heroin and MDMA, 200 vials of anabolic steroids, drug paraphernalia, ten firearms, ammunition, and more than $37,000 in cash.

A federal grand jury indicted the defendants in Oct. 2015.

Agencies in the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force include Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini, Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless and the police departments in Portsmouth, Jackson and Ironton.

U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by the task force agencies, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian J. Martinez and Deputy Criminal Chief Michael Hunter, who represented the United States in the case.




By Frank Lewis


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