Brothers bound over to grand jury in trafficking case

LISBON – Three Cleveland brothers accused of trafficking in drugs out of a home on state Route 517 were all bound over to the county grand jury Monday.

Anthony “Rob” L. Jackson, 26, Allen “Keith” C. Jackson, 21, and Tremaine “T” A. Jackson, 24, each appeared in custody and separately before Judge Mark Frost in Columbiana County Municipal Court.

Allen Jackson and Tremaine Jackson each appeared with court-appointed attorneys. Assistant County Prosecutor Don Humphrey Jr. offered each a reduction in bond to $50,000 cash or surety in exchange for a waiver of preliminary hearing. The men each had remained in the county jail on $250,000 cash or surety bonds.

Anthony Jackson had planned to hire his own attorney, but appeared without one. Frost gave him the options of representing himself, having the hearing rescheduled to give him more time to hire an attorney or attempting to have one appointed.

After learning about Jackson’s income information, a public defender, Coleen Hall Dailey, was appointed and then located. The three brothers require separate public defenders and municipal court generally employs three, but one – Dailey, who filled in as acting judge Monday at East Liverpool’s municipal court – was out. In the end, Anthony Jackson was offered the same reduction in bond and waived his preliminary hearing.

Each of the men are charged with trafficking in drugs for allegedly selling heroin and crack cocaine out of a home on state Route 518 in Wayne Township. Undercover agents reportedly purchased one or the other of the drugs from Allen Jackson on July 17, Anthony Jackson on July 18 and Tremaine Jackson on July 22.

In January, the three men were stopped by authorities in front of Gorby’s Groceries in Negley. Agents reportedly found guns, cash, heroin and marijuana in their possession. No charges have been filed yet following that stop, but the matters could be presented directly to the grand jury, which meets later this month.