Columbus man sentenced to prison on drug charges

By Sarah Hawley -

Eric J. Miller

Eric J. Miller

ATHENS — A Columbus area man serving two years in prison from drug-related charges in Meigs County has been sentenced to 16 years in prison from an Athens County case.

Eric J. Miller, 37, pleaded guilty in early September in Meigs County Common Pleas Court to one count each of trafficking in heroin, a third-degree felony, and failure to comply, a fourth-degree felony.

In accordance with a joint sentencing recommendation, Judge Carson Crow sentenced Miller to two years in prison on the charges at the time of the plea.

On Tuesday, Miller pleaded guilty in Athens County Common Please Court to 14 charges related to drug trafficking. The Athens County charges included first-degree felony engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and trafficking and possession of heroin.

Miller was sentenced to a total prison term of 16 years on the Athens County charges by Judge George McCarthy.

“This conviction marks the end of a long history of Miller, also known as ‘E’, trafficking drugs from Columbus to southeastern Ohio,” stated Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn in a news release.

Miller was arrested in late March in Columbus by investigators with the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office in conjunction with other offices and agencies.

Meigs County Prosecutor Colleen Williams said that her office had a warrant out for Miller for a period of time before his arrest in Columbus.

“It takes more than one to get things done,” said Williams of multiple counties and agencies working together to bring offenders to justice.

“I’m glad he is going to prison and justice is served,” concluded Williams.

Miller was accused of trafficking heroin for as long as a decade into Athens, Meigs and other counties in southeastern Ohio, according to previous Sentinel reports.

Blackburn credited the work of his team of investigators and assistant prosecutors for their work on the case, including long hours executing search warrants in connection with the investigation.

The Athens County case was investigated by the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office.

The prosecutor’s office expressed appreciation to the Columbus Police Department CRT Zone 3, the Gallia-Meigs Task Force and the Fairfield-Hocking-Athens Major Crimes Unirt for their roles in bringing Miller to justice.

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By Sarah Hawley