Layne previously found guilty of possessing heroin, tampering with evidence

Last updated: February 24. 2014 3:22PM - 3033 Views
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A new criminal charge and not reporting to his supervision officer since September have sent a Hillsboro man who was on local community controls to state prison for 12 months.

In the original case, 30-year-old John T. Layne was found guilty of possessing heroin and tampering with evidence in Clinton County. At his sentencing hearing in March 2013, Layne was sanctioned to a two-year term of community controls.

He appeared in front of the Clinton County Common Pleas Court judge Thursday following an arrest warrant and court order, according to case papers.

Layne admitted in court Thursday he had violated community control as alleged.

Layne has been arrested on a new criminal charge in Highland County, stated Clinton County Common Pleas Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck.

The judge said Layne had demonstrated that he is “not amenable to local community control.”

Credit was granted for 41 days in the county jail.

After he is released from prison, he may be monitored by the Ohio Adult Parole Authority for three years.

Layne was among three people arrested Feb. 10 following the execution of a search warrant and a vehicle stop, both connected with an investigation into heroin distribution in Highland County, according to Highland County Sheriff Richard Warner.

A search warrant was served in the 100 block of Willow Street in Hillsboro and a vehicle stop was made on SR 73 near Harry Sauner Road.

The investigation had been going on for several months, Warner said, adding, “This is one of those cases where individuals are bringing drugs into the county from other counties.”

Arrested in addition to Layne were Anthony Woody III, 34, of Wilmington; and Crystal Batson, 25, of Wilmington.

Heroin, drug paraphernalia and cash were confiscated, according to the sheriff’s office.

Warner said all three were turned over to Clinton County following the arrests.

The case will be presented to Highland County Prosecutor Anneka Collins. Charges are pending lab tests and presentation to a grand jury.

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