A Greenfield woman was sentenced In Highland County Common Pleas Court to nearly five years on multiple trafficking and possession charges.
Kassie Brigner, 27, was sentenced 30 months on one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, 10 months on one count of possession of cocaine, 10 months on one count of aggravated possession of meth, and nine months for one count of aggravated possession of a fentanyl-related compound, all to be served consecutively. Brigner was also sentenced with a forfeiture specification. She was given 158 days of jail-time credit.
According to court documents for the first two counts, around July 12, 2022, law enforcement served a search warrant at a property on Butters Road in Brushcreek Township. Brigner and another person were found inside a travel trailer and taken into custody.
A detective asked who lived on the property, with both of the subjects saying they lived together in the trailer. Both of them said they were the only ones who lived in the trailer.
The following narcotics were found inside the travel trailer: a plastic bag holding 167.08 grams of meth; a plastic bag containing a mixture of 13.41 grams of meth, Tramadol, PCP, cocaine, para-flurofentanyl and fentanyl; two plastic bags containing a mixture of 1.56 grams of Tramadol, PCP, cocaine and fentanyl; a plastic bag holding 31.85 grams of meth; a .12-gram mixture of fentanyl and PCP; a plastic bag holding .40 grams of a mixture of Tramadol, PCP, cocaine, para-flurofentanyl and fentanyl; a plastic bag holding 3.93 grams of cocaine, a plastic bag containing a 4.54-gram mixture of Tramadol, PCP, cocaine, para-flurofentanyl and fentanyl; and a plastic bag holding .21 grams of Psilocyn.
Multiple firearms were also found inside a safe in the trailer.
Brigner was convicted of possession of heroin in Highland County Common Pleas Court on April 1, 2015. The conviction placed Brigner under disability and prevented her from “lawfully possessing a firearm.”
A Stihl chainsaw reported as stolen to the Highland County Sheriff’s Office on May 8, 2022, was also found inside the property, as well as a 2006 Chevrolet truck reported stolen to the Pike County Sheriff’s Office on June 16, 2022.
“At the time of the report,” the truck was described as black, but the truck had since been repainted green. An open can of green paint that “matched the shade and tint” of the paint used on the stolen truck was found “just outside” of the trailer.
During the investigation, it was determined that neither subject was employed. Multiple items were seized from the property that were believed to have been gained through the commission of a theft offense or obtained by the use of money from the sale of illegal controlled substances.
According to court documents for the third and fourth counts, on Sept. 6, 2022, the Highland County Sheriff’s Office got a call about a suspicious vehicle and people at a fuel station on S.R. 753. A deputy responded to the call and found a white 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe. The occupants of the vehicle were Brigner and the other subject from the previous counts. Brigner had an active warrant and was placed under arrest. Disptach also advised the deputy that the other subject’s driver’s license was suspended.
The deputy then started an inventory of the vehicle before it was towed. A loaded handgun as well as a locked toolbox were found. The firearm was seized. However, access to the toolbox was not gained. The vehicle was then taken to a towing company. A detective who was present during the July 12, 2022, search warrant that was conducted at the other subject’s property found a “large amount of controlled substances, as well as firearms and stolen property.
A K-9 unit was employed to conduct an open-air sniff around the vehicle gave a positive indication of the presence of illegal controlled substances inside the vehicle.
Officers served a search warrant on the Chevrolet Tahoe. A plastic bag holding a white substance was found inside a change purse and found to contain 0.37 grams of Buprenorphine.
Cellophane containing several plastic bags with substances was also found inside the change purse. Those substances included a white powder with 0.25 grams of cocaine, white crystalline material containing 0.46 grams of meth, white solid substance holding 2.86 grams of a mixture of Tramadol, 3-hydroxyphencyclidine and fentanyl, and a white solid substance containing 0.87 grams of a mixture of Tramadol and fentanyl.
Gregory Wallace, 27, Hillsboro, was sentenced to 12 months in prison on one count of having weapons while under disability and one forfeiture specification. Wallace was given 29 days of jail-time credit.
According to court documents for the first count, around Oct. 15, 2022, Wallace, having not been released from disability, acquired a SCCY CPX-1 9mm handgun, while he was under indictment for illegal possession, use, sale, administration, distribution or trafficking in a drug of abuse or adjudicated a delinquent child for the commission of an offense that if it were committed by an adult, would have been a felony offense meth.
According to court documents for the second count, grand jurors that around Oct. 15, 2022, Wallace possessed a SCCY CPX-1 .9mm handgun and a loaded magazine that were subject to forfeiture due to their use in the commission of an offense.
Justin Guysinger, 31, Chillicothe, was sentenced to nine months in prison for one count of aggravated possession of meth.
According to court documents for the first count, around May 3, 2022, Guysinger possessed or used meth.
Keith Bennett, Jr., 51, Greenfield, was sentenced to six years of community control from two separate cases, three years apiece, the first for one count of aggravated possession of meth and the second for tampering with evidence.
For the first case, Bennett, Jr. was ordered to successfully complete Substance Use Disorder at TRC and recommended aftercare. He was ordered to forfeit a 7.65 AP-MBP black handgun and a .38 Taurus-Brasil revolver.
According to court documents for the first case, around March 1, 2022, Bennett, Jr. possessed meth.
According to court documents for the second case, around Dec. 13, 2022, Bennett, Jr., knowing that an official proceeding or investigation was likely to be instituted, altered or destroyed, concealed or removed a document with the purpose to impair its value or availability as evidence.
Jessica Brown, 36, Martinsville, was sentenced to three years of community control on one count of aggravated possession of meth. Brown was also accepted into the New Way to Recovery Drug Court Docket.
According to court documents, on March 18, 2022, the Hillsboro Police Department received a call regarding two subjects that were passed out in a vehicle on Johnson Street. Two officers responded and when they arrived they saw a subject in the driver’s seat of a white 2003 Chevrolet four-door as well as another subject in the passenger seat. One of the officers knocked on the passenger door of the vehicle, which woke both subjects up.
The subject on the passenger side opened their door and an officer saw a hypodermic needle and requested that the subject exit the vehicle. The other officer told the other subject to exit the vehicle. The subject on the passenger side said that they “probably” had something else in their pocket, then removed a hypodermic needle from their right jacket pocket along with a wallet and a cigarette pack.
The officer opened the cigarette pack and saw it contained a plastic baggie holding a white substance. The subject in the passenger seat, Jessica Brown, admitted the substance was meth. The other subject said the vehicle belonged to them. While officers searched the vehicle, Brown said that she had another needle.
Inside of the driver’s door compartment, one of the officers found two hypodermic needles, with one filled with a liquid substance. They also found a glass pipe with residue on the front passenger seat as well as a snort tube.
After the items were collected as evidence, both Brown and the other subject were released from the scene.
One of the officers put the liquid from the filled hypodermic needle into a sample bottle. It contained a trace amount of liquid that was found to contain meth. The plastic baggie holding a white substance was found to contain meth.
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