POMEROY — After four hours of deliberation, a jury Friday found a Meigs County man guilty of 12 drug-related felony charges
Jacques Georges Daboni, 25, was unemotional as Judge I. Carson Crow read the verdicts.
The trial began Monday at the Meigs County Courthouse after delays that included the firing of several attorneys and a mistrial due to an injury which allegedly occurred while he was in police custody. Daboni had been charged with felony counts of trafficking in heroin, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and possession of drugs following a September 2014 raid at 303 Fifth St. in Racine.
Testimony during the trial revealed the extent of the operation, with witnesses alleging drug deals taking place in several locations in Racine Village, including the Dollar General parking lot and an area near US 33 and Bashan Road.
A key witness in the trial was Chad Diddle, of Racine, who outlined his involvement with the alleged trafficking and his heroin use. He said he was paid for his work with heroin and that money he collected was given to Daboni.
Diddle was facing 11 years after his arrest during the September 2014 raid when he agreed to testified in exchange for a plea agreement. Having met his obligations of the agreement, Diddle was sentenced following his testimony to 36 months, a six-month lockdown in a rehabilitation facility and five years probation with credit for time served.
Amber Duffy, of Racine, was also arrested in the raid and took the stand. She gave an account of her participation in running and selling drugs for Daboni in exchange for heroin.
Duffy also entered into a plea agreement in exchange for her testimony. She has completed six months in jail and six months in a residential lockdown drug treatment facility and is subject to community control upon her release.
Jeremy Burgess, of Ravenswood, W.Va., was arrested along with Daboni, Diddle and Duffy in the September 2014 raid. He took the stand and recounted his involvement. During his testimony, he also stated he worked for Daboni in exchange for heroin to support his use.
First to cooperate with law enforcement, Burgess received a sentence of a possession misdemeanor.
Defense attorney Jason Holdren declined comment following the end of the trial.
Meigs County Prosecutor Colleen Williams said she was satisfied with the verdict.
“We will be arguing for the maximum sentence on Tuesday,” she said. “We won’t tolerate drug traffickers in our county.”
When asked how important Diddle’s testimony was to the trial, she responded, “All witnesses were very, very important.”
Assistant Prosecutor Jeremy Fisher said their office will speak more about the case after Daboni’s sentencing.
Daboni is due back in court at 11 a.m. Tuesday. He is facing charges on similar counts in Franklin and Athens counties, as well as Marietta and Ravenswood, W.Va.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.
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