September 26, 2012
PDT Staff Writer
The Fourth District Court of Appeals has upheld the convictions of five Detroit men, dubbed the “Detroit 5.”
The five men were indicted on charges stemming from the Oct. 25, 2010 raid by Portsmouth Police and the Scioto County Adult Probation Department on a house only a block from the Scioto County Courthouse. The jury convicted the men on all 40 counts submitted to them after a four day trial.
Daniel C. Pippen, 36; Maurice H. Williams, 31; Tyrone R. Dixon, 28; Eric D. Durr, 39 and Evan Jamar Howard, also known as Antonne Perkins, 32, all of Detroit were convicted on eight counts each of trafficking in Oxycodone, heroin and marijuana. Each was convicted as a major drug offender, which carries an additional 10 year sentence and for trafficking in drugs within 1,000 feet of a school.
Each man was sentenced to 27 years in prison. The Appeals Court returned the case to the Court of Common Pleas for minor adjustments in the sentencing.
According to Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn, on the morning of Oct. 25, 2010, after receiving anonymous tips about drug sales near the courthouse, officers went to the residence of probationer Katherine Lansing at 518 Sixth St. Upon knocking, officers heard voices and movement inside and kicked the door open, entered and found the five men. Officers searched the house and seized 1,824 Oxycodone 30 milligram tablets, heroin, cocaine and marijuana, as well as $16,800 cash.
“The irony of this case is that it happened about half way between Scudder School and the courthouse,” Assistant Prosecutor Pat Apel said. “Scudder is an alternative school for students with discipline problems, many of whom have drug problems, and these Detroit drug dealers are going wide open in eyesight of the school and the courthouse.”
The Appeals Court has returned the case to the Common Pleas Court for resentencing on certain counts.
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