Wednesday, April 25, 2001

Two plead guilty to charges in OxyContin case

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Two Kentucky men have pleaded guilty to drug and weapons charges involving $12,500 worth of OxyContin.

        Jesse Jones, 48, of Flat Lick, Ky., and Richard Rickett, 38, of London, Ky., pleaded guilty as charged on Tuesday, a day before their case was scheduled to go to trial in Butler County Common Pleas Court, said Assistant Prosecutor Craig Hedric.

        “The (sheriff's) vice unit did a great job of setting up this buy — and, again, it shows how pervasive this drug is becoming, and how much of a problem it is,” Mr. Hedric said.

        Each defendant pleaded guilty to aggravated trafficking and carrying a loaded, concealed weapon. Those charges carry a maximum total jail sentence of 9 1/2 years.

        Mr. Jones also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of permitting drug abuse, which is punishable by up to six months in jail.

        As a result of the case, authorities seized a gun, more than $1,200 in cash and a 1993 BMW.

        The men's sentencing is set for June 6 before Judge Michael J. Sage.


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