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Scioto County Court of Common Pleas Judge William T. Marshall, on Wednesday, sentenced a Portsmouth man to 14 years in prison for trafficking, possession, conspiracy to traffic and tampering with evidence involving heroin. Ronald E. Gavin, 33, formerly of Boundary Street in Portsmouth was convicted Wednesday afternoon after a two and a half day jury trial.


The jury head from several State’s witnesses who testified they had been buying from Gavin during the summer months. Gavin had told his buyers that the drugs came from Chicago leading to his street name of “Ill-town” in reference to Illinois. Several of the the users of Gavin’s heroin testified he sold the strongest heroin in Portsmouth. One indicated she had overdosed on Gavin’s heroin three times in one week.


Gavin’s indictment came after Probation Officers and Portsmouth Police searched his apartment on Boundary Street. Police found 97 grams of heroin in a vehicle at the residence that had been driven by Gavin earlier in the day.


The State’s case was presented by Prosecutor Mark Kuhn and Assistant Prosecutor Julie Hutchinson. The lead investigator for the Portsmouth Police Department was Sargent Steve Timberlake.


“This arrested and conviction reflects the excellent cooperation between the Adult Probation and Police Departments,” Said Kuhn.


The Prosecutor’s Office said Gavin had six prior felony drug convictions in Illinois and Ohio. Marshall sentenced Gavin to the maximum sentence for his crimes.


Bob Strickley can be reached at 353-3101, ext. 296, or bstrickley@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Bob on Twitter @rjstrickleyjr.


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