Created on Tuesday, 27 November 2012 Written by NATE SMITH
A repeat drug dealer was the subject of a large heroin bust as a result of a 3 p.m. traffic stop Monday in the 900 block of Ludlow Road.
Officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department report Keith Brown Jr., 33, of 170 McKeestown Road, Apt. B, was arrested on a second-degree felony charge of trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.
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The Logan County Drug Task Force was investigating drug activity in the Heritage Court area Monday afternoon when the defendant was observed riding in the front passenger seat of a white Cadillac driven by Rashad Brantley, 31, of Cincinnati, that was westbound on Heritage Drive.
The traffic stop was initiated because Mr. Brown had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear out of Bellefontaine Municipal Court.
About 10 grams of heroin were recovered on the suspect’s person, including 55 foil balls packaged for sale and multiple heroin rocks. The drugs were concealed beneath Mr. Brown’s jeans and have an estimated street value of $4,000.
According to police, Mr. Brown will buy the drugs from the Columbus area and re-sell them locally at a profit.
Several grams of heroin were recovered Monday in a drug bust involving a well-known dealer. Foil balls of the drug are at the left, and it is in its rock form at the right. (Photo/Bellefontaine Police)
“Nobby,” as Mr. Brown is known in the local drug community, was sentenced Nov. 19 in Logan County Common Pleas Court to five years’ community control, a one-year license suspension and was ordered to pay a $250 fine and court costs for possession of drugs.
A presentence investigation revealed he has previously purchased heroin for $300 from Columbus dealers and resold the drugs for $500 here.
He told the court at the time he was sorry for his past behavior and was working toward a GED through Ohio Hi-Point Career Center.
The driver was arrested and charged with driving without a license and possession of marijuana.
Both men were lodged in the Logan County Jail. The vehicle was towed from the scene.