Friday, October 27, 2000

Bond increased in Warren drug case

By Sheila McLaughlin
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — A judge more than tripled the bond Thursday of an Indianapolis man accused of being the methamphetamine connection for over-the-road truckers traveling Interstate 75.

        Rickey Fightmaster, 54, remains in the Warren County jail in lieu of $45,000 bond following a video arraignment on charges of aggravated trafficking and preparation of drugs for sale.

        He was arrested Monday and jailed in lieu of $12,500 bond after an undercover agent with the Warren County Drug Task Force purchased a gram of the illegal stimulant for $100.

        Monroe police and the task force began looking into allegations involving Mr. Fightmaster eight months ago, after management at Stony Ridge Truck Plaza complained the truck stop was developing a reputation for drug activity.

        Authorities said Mr. Fightmaster frequently stayed at the truck stop motel on Hamilton-Lebanon Road and made drug deals with truckers using a CB radio in his van, then arranged to meet them near the truck stop for delivery.

        Mr. Fightmaster had another 4.5 grams of methamphetamines in his possession when he was arrested, police said.


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