GALLIPOLIS, Ohio – A man has been sentenced to prison for trafficking drugs to the maximum time permitted under the law.
According to Prosecuting Attorney Jason Holdren, Michael D. Simpson, 36, of Dayton, Ohio was convicted by a Gallia County jury on Monday, April 17, 2017. Judge Margaret Evans sentenced Simpson to 12 and a half years in prison which is the maximum sentence permitted under the law.
“Mr. Simpson was convicted on all counts, which included Trafficking in Cocaine, Trafficking in Heroin, Possession of Cocaine, and Possession of Heroin,” said Prosecutor Holdren.
On March 11, 2016, Simpson was travelling from Dayton, Ohio to Charleston, West Virginia on U.S. 35 while transporting 160 grams of cocaine, 29 grams of crack cocaine, and 2 grams of heroin. After noticing a missing headlight and numerous criminal indicators, Trooper Matthew Atwood of the Ohio State Highway Patrol conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle that Simpson was riding in. Simpson attempted to conceal the drugs in a chex-mix bag, but Atwood quickly found the illegal substances that had an approximate street value of $40,000.00.
“It is an honor to work alongside our law enforcement officers each and every day, as they work tirelessly to rid our county of the poison that is taking so many lives. I hope that drug dealers and drug runners are taking note that their actions will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Holdren.