On Thursday in Highland County Common Pleas Court, a motion to suppress evidence was overruled in the case of Roger L. Moore, 35, Greenfield, who is charged with first-degree felony illegal assembly of drugs in the vicinity of a school, and second-degree felony illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs in the vicinity of a school.
The primary basis of the motion, according to the document filed by defense attorney Kathryn Hapner, is that law enforcement searched Moore’s home without a warrant.
As previously reported, in May officers were led to Moore’s McClain Avenue home by the chemical odor of methamphetamine production. Inside the home police said they located multiple one-pot meth labs as well as items used to produce the drug.
According to Ohio law, due to the dangers to the public of methamphetamine production, if officers have probable cause, like the distinct chemical odor that making meth produces, a search of a premises is allowed without a warrant. Judge Rocky Coss said the entry into Moore’s home “was lawful,” and cited the statute before denying the motion.
In another hearing, Brittany Smith, 36, South Salem, pled guilty to three counts of aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine, all fourth-degree felonies.
She was sentenced to nine months in prison on each of the counts and the sentences were ordered to run consecutively for a total of 27 months.
Another Thursday hearing saw a bench warrant issued for Trevor Wayne Gibson, 21, Hillsboro, who failed to appear for a hearing in regard to alleged probation violations filed in October. Court records show that in August he pled guilty to fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of drugs and was sentenced to community control and ordered to complete treatment.
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