What the heck is going on in Licking County, Ohio?

There's something funny going on in Licking County, Ohio. According to the local newspaper's courthouse roundup, a bunch of people were charged with drug trafficking, but the charges don't seem to match the facts. Let me show you what I mean:
• Ti C. Warner, 27, last known address 381 N. Executive Drive, Newark, was charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs, a second-degree felony. The charge also carries a specification of selling drugs near a school. Between March 29 and 30, Warner allegedly was observed by Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force buying a total of about seven grams of methamphetamine on two occasions, according to court reports. Both purchases were allegedly made in the vicinity of a Newark City school, according to court reports. Branstool set Warner’s bond at $40,000. • Sherry L. Runyon, 46, last known address 16328 Pleasant Hills, Newark, was charged with trafficking in crack cocaine, a fifth degree felony. On April 11, she allegedly was observed by Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force buying less than one gram of crack cocaine, according to court reports. Branstool set Runyon’s bond at $10,000. • Kevin L. Barker, 29, last known address 9215 Lancaster Road, Hebron, was charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony. On March 26, he allegedly was observed by Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force buying 1.64 grams of methamphetamine, according to court reports. Branstool set Barker’s bond at $10,000.
Do you see what I mean? These are people who were apparently caught buying drugs. And they are charged with drug trafficking? I don't know who is responsible for these charging decisions—either the Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force or local prosecutors—but they don't seem to be supported by the facts. And here's one more bizarre charging example from Licking County:
• Kelly L. Mihelarakis, 32, last known address 633 Mount Vernon Road, Newark, was charged with permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony. Between March 29 and 30, Mihelarakis allegedly allowed an associate to buy about seven grams of methamphetamine on two occasions. Both alleged purchases were made in the vicinity of a Newark City school, according to court reports. Branstool set Mihelarakis’ bond at $5,000.
Excuse me!? "Permitting drug abuse"? This person is charging with not stopping someone else from buying speed? This is a crime? You have got to be kidding. Well, my hat is off to the Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force and the Licking County criminal justice system. With their apparently unjustified charging decisions, they are certainly doing their part to ensure that Ohio's chronic prison overcrowding crisis continues.
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Licking County

Drug law enforcement is a cruel game, played for the benefit of and job security of law enforcement personnel.

It is NOT about justice or truth.

cruel game

i know someone who was in the back seat of a car with 3 people and they found drugs in the back and charged one guy..he took it to trial because it wasnt his he got charged, the other 3 people are still out laughing.

Bryan Tackett

Bryan Tackett who owned Brayn's Body Shop in Licking County was involved with people in this round up...he beat a lady nearly to death over $40 worth of drugs and is currently still doing prison time. Something seriously needs to be done to keep this kind of people off the street.

Wow...

As I browse this site for the first time, it surprised me to find my own county make the front page. Then I read it, and wasn't so surprised after all. Cops around here are just ridiculous.

I'm not even going to get off on my usual rampage about our current state of affairs with government in general. Let's just say our Amendments are expiring, and the federal government has stepped just a smidgen, just a tad outside Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution of the United States of Yesteryear.

To Freedom,

Richard Collins
USMC, Veteran

hi

Richard Collins---did you go to USMC boot camp in Parris island; apr 1985-july 1985, H Co., 3rd BTN, plt 3048-3051. i think you were in plt 3051. were you from new york when you went to boot camp? if so, write me, we were in boot camp together. Melvin Sherrod
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Stand UP

Richard, I bet you joined the Marines and fought for our freedom. Thank you for that. Now, it is time to fight again. Unfortunately the enemy has migrated to our shores, and I am not talking about Al Qaeda or the Taliban.
Help us spread the word.
Dale

law enforcement

I support law enforcement in their fight to better our communities. I know for a fact that "bad cops'', do exist in this world but not everyone who wears a badge is "evil" or "corrupt" as many people would be quick to accuse. I can give a crap less if someone that is busted with drugs gets a harsh sentence. I don't feel sorry for them one bit and I can never feel sorry for someone who does it to themselves. Drug users and dealers decide to live that life instead of doing something constuctive with their lives. If some piece of shit drug dealer gets caught with some meth or some coke, good, that means one less worthless junkie won't get his daily dose of shit to put in his system.

As for the charges, hey, let the users and dealers sit in jail for a while. As far as over crowding in our prison and jail system, I hear everyday someone getting arrested and sitting in jail. who cares. the law enforcement in this country is constantly fighting the same pricks everyday just so the bad guys can just get out and do it again. The court system is what I have a problem with. Giving a repeat offender community control for five or six months for selling kids, neighbors, hell, even possibly someone in your family narcotics. It's stupid for someone to blame law enforcement for these people getting charged with this. If you don't do anything to get your asses in trouble, than you don't have to worry about things like this. Stop feeling sorry for the people who are responsible for the decay of our society. Because it's the dealers and users that commit violent crimes to get money for drugs or to pay the suppliers. Not to mention that a person under the influence of narcotics can be extremly violent. Just keep bitching about these assholes getting charged with "bullshit charges". When one of them breaks into your home and beats you half to death and takes your shit to but a gram of meth. Of course then you'll be hoping law enforcement catches them and takes them to jail for a long time.

It's easy to complain about cops when your on the recieving end of a pair of handcuffs but when you need them, they are the good guys. Sounds a little hypocritical to me.

truth

cops in this town, seems all they worry about are drugs, what about the people haveing sex with litlle kids, and killing people. people who are really messed up in the head..some of these drug dealer are good people who are doing wrong but atleast there doing it to feed there kids or pay there bills when they got 3 kids to support.but the drug dealer get 15 years the sex offender get probation..lol

cops being crooked yes in licking most of em are!!

Yes especially the sheriffs department my ed works there I had a neighbor who worked for them many years ago I used to pal around with one yep I can say they are crooked!! Their is a good old boy net work I'm this county! This network goes back eons! Yep what was it back.in the 1920's when they hung ungulty man the sheriff was sitting in a speak-easy yep this city of Newark has been called little Chicago for over 80+ years!! You can support the cops if they do right but to blindly worship them has led to larger problems!!! The one deputy I used to hang with long ago he was ok but little quirky as in he him self did not hesitate to talk about the benefits of being a cop and how most of the time there's not much to do and the fact they don't get pulled over for speeding!!! But hell since then man a whole bunch of em have been fired for some shady shit like one called Nick.he got busted for hanging with some nurse from zanesville and was taking drugs she stole from the hospital she worked at and he was married!! Another got it when of was found that he got the dog wardens office to backdate his dog license because he with his big ass cop pay was too cheap to buy the fucking dog tag!! Mind you both cases I have listed here the key thing I must point out is that none of these jerks would have been fired had it not gone public the department tried to keep it quiet!!! Oh yeah and work romance yeah they ought to just have an orgy and get it the fuck over with first they all claim to be goody good Christians but they ate fucking eachother left and right and most of em are married!! You want to call anyone hypocrites you should look no further than the scumbag cock suckers at the licking county sheriff's office!! Yep hell the prosecutors office shit pick it up throw it in two Shay!! The sheriff's office people love to fuck the milfs over there and they hang out at the bar yep my ex and her friend was a great unique look into just how these people are there true colors are not that different from those scumbags they arrest!! The only difference is you have to pay em!! I don't wanna hear any more whining in favor of the police get over I never twisted you're arm to be a cop if they don't like the job leave it!! And to that end no I wont be donating money to any cop families kiss my ass I never asked you to be a cop as I said before you signed up for it not that but you got our tax money you already have a fund we pay for go find another sap!!!! As you can tell I seem to not have much love for these dicks with badges!!! No I don't they choose to stand against us they enforce laws that are not worth upholding they side with big government!!! I also I believe I caught them trying or rather daring people to riot back when them riots broke out in Missouri!! Yep there was the sheriff's office parading their new government provided millitary up and down eastmain St if they wasn't saying go ahead black folks riot I dare ya then gee why was they out then!! Hummmm!!! Wow this is fucking long but buddy you got some reading to do.look in to Newark/licking county alot more before you defend its corrupt government and so called law enforcement!!!!

Law is an illusion

drugs don't usually make people "violent" yeah they steal and rob people and a small percentage of users get put away for violent crimes. but the majority of us are peaceful as fuck.

That being said, the laws don't make sense when it comes to drugs. The reason drugs are illegal in this country, is because the politics didn't want to pay a government tax on drugs for their own use. Then, since it's outlawed and they've brainwashed people like you into believing that drugs are evil, they can continue getting re elected for their war on drugs that they support on both sides. Because all Americans are throwing their money at these officials to fight a drug war, is making the 1% that much more distant from the rest of us, by means of numbers in the bank. There is no war on drugs. There is only money in the pockets of those in charge.

fuk the guy above me!!!!!!!!!

tHIS GUY IS CRAZY LICKING COUNTY COPS ARE A BOUNCH OF BORED COPS WITH NOTHING BETTER TO DO THAN TRY TO EXCUTE EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THE COURTS, OK I CAN SEE WITH THE CRACKHEADS GOOD PUT EM AWAY BUT LEAVE THE ALL NATURAL PEOPLE ALONE....MARIJUANA IS NOT AS BAD AS ALCHOL SO I SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE!!! FUCK LICKING COUNTY COMPETLY AND BLAME DAMN HOOKAHVILLE HIPPIES TOO!!

licking county laws are unjust and life ruining

I was arrested in licking county. It was my first offense and I wasn't even caught with anything on my person. The cops went and dug up fake evidence and are trying to charge me with multiple felonies. I am facing 15 years in prison for nothing and when it comes down to it they are removing an outstanding citizen from society. I have a college degree, good job, do community service and have never ever done anything wrong. I can't believe this is happening to me and basically the cops there are taking my life from me like i'm some kind of terrible drug addict/dealer person. I am not and find it so unjust. I can't believe how crooked the cops and system are there. Everyone beware of that horrible place and I advise all to stay away if you can and want to stay a free person.

Who is trumping up the charges?

I was not under the impression that it is the police, but the prosecuting attorneys office that decide what to charge people with. I have never been caught up in the court system personally, however I have known multiple folks who have and I am certianly under the impression, at least in Licking County, that we have some prosecuting attys trying to make a name for themselves. I think they are succeeding, but I don't think it is the name they were looking for.

There is alot of highly questionable things going on in our Licking County Court system. Jurys are partly at fault for letting them get away with getting convictions on trumped up charges with little or no actual proof of guilt. Until the general public gets wise to this and start making the prosecuting attys prove their case, it will continue to happen. People will go to jail and have their lives ruined when they didn't do it. Very sad and scary state of affairs.

What happened to our constitutional rights? It used to be scary to get arrested in a country where we did not have any, now it is happening here.

POOR COUNTY

ITS ALL ABOUT MAKIN SOME MONEY. THEY NEED THE MONEY THAT THE CRIMINALS PAY IN LAPP AND IN FINES AND COURT COSTS. I MYSELF WAS AREESTED IN LICKING COUNTY LAST YEAR- AND IT WENT WAY ABOVE AND BEYOND. THEY SAY THEY WANT THESE PEOPLE OFF THE STREETS- BUT THE TRUTH IS THAT WITHOUT THESE PEOPLE THEY WOULD BE OUT A SHIT LOAD OF MONEY!

HOOOKAH!!!!!!!

HOOKAH!!!!!!!!!!!EKOOSTIK HOOKAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CORRUPTION

The County officials LIE, CHEAT and COVER -UP their own wrongdoings by retaliating.

Baaaaad Town!

I went to Licking Memorial for detox, but after 10 hours in the ER waiting for Shepherds Hill to admit me, I left and detoxed myself. That didn't fly. Somehow the Licking County Sheriff's office was alerted, so they got a warrant for my urine. (When did we lose our right to privacy?) So, after 9 months of sobriety, I received an indictment charging me with internal Possession/Cocaine, a fifth degree felony. I've been on Felony Probation for almost 3 years now, with 6 months in prison over my head. All because I asked for help...

Re:Baaaaad Town

I'm sitting here, totally "gobsmacked", and trying to pick my jaw up off the ground...re:Baaaaaaaaad Town...."got a warrant for my urine"?!
What is THAT all about? I know I am not from around your town, not even close, but even still, have NEVER heard such bureaucratic-bullshit and agree with you that this is by all means, a HUGE invasion of privacy and so glad you were able to detox without the help of such backward thinking hillbillies!

This is one destination I will be boycotting, for many reasons!

warrant

Oh yes! I was pulled over with a small aamount of drugs ($20).never been in trouble a day in my life. Got charged for F5 possession the MADE me do a drug test at the police station. Said if I didn't a warrant would be issued. Failed test of course and was charged ANOTHER F5 for INTERNAL POSSESSION. I hate this fuckin county

Crooked Probation Officers

 I just witnessed what i would call corrupt or you think you are god to do what the P.O 's do. My niece went thru hell since July on a trumped drug charge. She had to go in and pee weekly and 4 times the same P.O. say she was dirty so back to jail she goes for another bond hearing. I talked to the Bail bondsman and they do not agree with what they do, they just say makes them alot of money. Maybe there is kick backs going on , who knows. I think Licking County should be investigated by the AG. or Federal gov. Now my niece is looking at time because of the P.O. says she needs to do time. Yes licking county is crooked. Her Judge , the worse out there, Marceani. You fart wrong get 2 yrs. He does not believe in the laws in place for help with drug addiction. and the the other 2 judges wrote it. 

There urin test , u pee in a cup and they stick a stick in it and they tell u if your pos. or clean. Does not show false postives. And have they been trained? Yes stay away form Newark.

licking co courts and funding drug bust

have any of you ever heard of the state INSPECTOR GENERAL ? THAT'S WHO YOU GET ON THE CORRUPTION.... but its not what you know ...it's what you can prove in newark . how many of you have seen the last name of claggett ? in the licking county area ..here's the problem ..it's a corruptable self funding system w/ kick backs going to people like marcy phelps the adult probation dept officers and to boot its a general election season thats were the funds are going and thats why auditing ,procurement and inspections need to be done ... if you go to the media in columbus ..enough ... and cry fool ... ask for thee state inspector general to look into internal funding through audits you'll find the money trail...not all officers are corrupt but there boss's decide who gets the cut and the prosecutor decides the charges ..anyone look @ them lately ? or internal funds and court money fines and fee's to determine if the funds are really getting where they should be ? I THINK NOT .. 

Crooked Probation Officers

 I just witnessed what i would call corrupt or you think you are god to do what the P.O 's do. My niece went thru hell since July on a trumped drug charge. She had to go in and pee weekly and 4 times the same P.O. say she was dirty so back to jail she goes for another bond hearing. I talked to the Bail bondsman and they do not agree with what they do, they just say makes them alot of money. Maybe there is kick backs going on , who knows. I think Licking County should be investigated by the AG. or Federal gov. Now my niece is looking at time because of the P.O. says she needs to do time. Yes licking county is crooked. Her Judge , the worse out there, Marceani. You fart wrong get 2 yrs. He does not believe in the laws in place for help with drug addiction. and the the other 2 judges wrote it. 

There urin test , u pee in a cup and they stick a stick in it and they tell u if your pos. or clean. Does not show false postives. And have they been trained? Yes stay away form Newark.

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