Rutland man sentenced on drug charges

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POMEROY — A Rutland man has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of trafficking in drugs.

Michael Bailey, 27 of Rutland, pleaded guilty to charges in two separate cases, with additional charges dismissed as part of the plea.

In the first case against Bailey, he pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in drugs (methamphetamine), third-degree felonies. Three lesser counts of possession of drugs were dismissed.

In the second case, Bailey pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in drugs (Suboxone) a fifth-degree felony. Charges of possession of drugs, illegal use of food stamp or WIC program benefits and resisting arrest in the second case were dismissed.

Bailey was sentenced to a total of five years in prison, according to a news release from Meigs County Prosecutor James K. Stanley. Additionally, $588 seized cash and a 1999 Ford Mustang seized from the Defendant were ordered to be forfeited to the Rutland Police Department, according to court records.

“Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney James K. Stanley is pleased with the outcome of these cases and is glad law enforcement was able to remove a drug trafficker from our community. Stanley thanks law enforcement officers from the Village of Rutland Police Department, the Gallia-Meigs Major Crimes Task Force, the Village of Middleport Police Department, the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine’s Office, and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation,” read a statement on the Prosecutor’s Office Facebook page.

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