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Wellsville man guilty of drug trafficking

August 22, 2012

LISBON - A jury found Gary V. Lovett Jr. guilty Wednesday of a single count of drug trafficking following a two-day trial in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.

Lovett, 30, Hibbits Mill Road, Wellsville, was convicted of selling one gram of crack cocaine to a confidential informant for $100 on Jan. 5, 2009.

In the initial indictment there had been two additional charges of possession of drugs for cocaine and heroin both on Feb. 18, 2011. The charges included a forfeiture specification due to Lovett owning a set of digital scales and $2,181 believed gained from drug trafficking offenses.

However, Assistant County Prosecutor Tammie Riley Jones said Judge C. Ashley Pike granted a motion by the defense to acquit Lovett of both possession charges.

After the trial, Jones took the opportunity "to thank Detective Dan Downard and the Columbiana County Drug Task Force for doing an outstanding job" on the case. Downard testified on the first day of the two-day trial.

The jury reportedly asked to see one video of evidence again, before reaching its decision in less than two hours of deliberations. Sentencing is set for Nov. 9.



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