GALLIPOLIS, Ohio – A man has been convicted by a Gallia County jury for his involvement in a drug ring at a pool hall.
Antonio D. McIntosh, 37, of Cincinnati, Ohio was found guilty on multiple charges following a three-day trial. The jury deliberated about two and half hours before returning the guilty verdicts on 10 counts.
McIntosh was convicted on one count each of: Trafficking in Cocaine, a felony of the fifth degree; Complicity to Trafficking in Cocaine, a felony of the fifth degree; Possession of Cocaine, a felony of the fifth degree; Possession of Cocaine, a felony of the first degree; Possession of Heroin, a felony of the second degree; Aggravated Possession of Methamphetamine, a felony of the third degree; Trafficking in Cocaine, a felony of the first degree; Trafficking in Heroin, a felony of the second degree; Aggravated Trafficking in Methamphetamine, a felony of the third degree; and Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, a felony of the first degree.
Gallia County Prosecuting Attorney Jason Holdren expressed gratitude for the work of law enforcement agencies involved with the case. He also thanked the jurors for their service. Jurors during the three-day trial heard details of a drug ring run from a local pool hall establishment. The case goes back to 2013 when Porter Mitchell ran P.J.’s Pool Hall. Following the execution of a search warrant and investigation by the then newly formed Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission (OOCIC) or what is more commonly known now as the Gallia-Meigs Major Crimes Task Force, Mitchell was allegedly out as the lead of a drug ring and McIntosh stepped in to dealing various drugs including cocaine, heroin, and meth in Gallia County. (Porter has not been convicted in the matter. The case is still pending.) According to the state, McIntosh picked up where Mitchell allegely left off. McIntosh was convicted on charges related to an investigation by the task force and execution of a warrant in 2015.
Holdren along with the Assistant Prosecutor Jeremy Fisher represented the state while McIntosh was represented by Isabella Dixon of Columbus, Ohio.
McIntosh will appear before Gallia County Common Pleas Judge Margaret Evans on Aug. 10 for sentencing. If sentenced to the maximum time allowed under the law, McIntosh could serve up to 35 years in prison.
The Gallia-Meigs Major Crimes Task Force consists of the Gallia and Meigs County Sheriff’s Offices, the Prosecuting Attorney Offices of both Gallia and Meigs along with the Gallipolis Police Department and Middleport Police Department.