Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini and Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware announce that the last of eight individuals responsible for distributing heroin and / or anabolic steroids in middle and southern Ohio has been sentenced to federal prison.
On Thursday, October 13th, 2016, 27 year old Johnathan Nunez, formerly of 1139 Apartment E Kinker Drive Wheelersburg, Ohio was sentenced to serve (41) months in a federal prison and three years of supervised release after being convicted of Conspiracy with Intent to Distribute Heroin in the United States District Court of the Southern District of Ohio.
Around March of 2015, the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force along with the Columbus Police Department Narcotics Division, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation initiated an investigation into a group of individuals responsible for distributing heroin in Portsmouth and Scioto County. During the course of the investigation, federal search warrants and arrest warrants were executed in Portsmouth, Ohio, Wheelersburg, Ohio, Franklin Furnace, Ohio, Franklin County, Ohio, and Springfield, Ohio in October of 2015 with assistance from detectives with the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, Portsmouth Police Department, Jackson Police Department, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, and Ironton Police Department.
Drugs, cash, and firearms were seized by law enforcement.
Further investigation resulted in the successful prosecutions and convictions of Nunez and the following individuals: 59 year old Timothy Mutter of Franklin Furnace, 36 year old Richard Glenn of Portsmouth, 34 year old Mark Eubanks aka Flex of Columbus, 52 year old Donald Smith of Columbus, 32 year old Kent Whiteside of Columbus, 51 year old Gregory Workman of Springfield, and 47 year old Trent Banks of South Bloomfield, Ohio.
All individuals excluding Trent Banks were convicted of Conspiracy with Intent to Distribute One or More Kilograms of Heroin. Banks was convicted of Conspiracy with Intent to Distribute Anabolic Steroids.
Eubanks was sentenced to serve (13) years in federal prison and (10) years supervised release. Mutter, Glenn, and Workman were sentenced to serve (3) years in federal prison and (3) to (5) years supervised release. Smith was sentenced to serve (5) years in federal prison and (3) years supervised release while Whiteside was sentenced to serve (18) months in federal prison and Banks was sentenced to serve (3) years probation.
Although eight individuals have already been successfully prosecuted in the case, the investigation is ongoing and drug task force detectives are seeking felony drug charges against additional individuals in Portsmouth and Scioto County.
Sheriff Donini and Chief Ware thank the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Springfield Police Department for their contributions to the investigation.
Sheriff Donini and Chief Ware request anyone wishing to leave drug information for the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force; to contact the Task Force tip line at (740) 354-5656 or email [email protected] All information will be kept confidential and anonymous.