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Defendant pleads to selling fake heroin



A defendant admitted Tuesday before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor to a pair of charges involving the sale of fake heroin and pawning stolen merchandise.

Scott D. Boggs, 32, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree felony charges of offenses involving counterfeit substances and receiving stolen property.

The defendant sold $40 worth of what he purported to be black tar heroin to an informant working with the Logan County Drug Task Force, prosecutors report. However, crime lab results turned up no illegal drugs in the product.

Mr. Boggs also was charged with selling jewelry to local antique stores that he knew had been stolen by two other defendants living with him in Heritage Court Apartments. Police were able to recover at least one diamond ring worth $1,000 or more, court documents show.

He will be sentenced Feb. 25.

Other guilty pleas were entered by:

• Kyle Smith, 26, of Bellefontaine: aggravated assault, a fourth-degree felony. He was set to go on trial Jan. 31 for two counts of felonious assault. The charges stem from a Jan. 29, 2012, fight at 7256 Hardin St., Russells Point.

As part of the plea deal, he has agreed to testify against another defendant charged in the brawl, Steve Williams, 24, of Belle Center, who has also been charged with two counts of felonious assault.

• Jeff Riley, 33, of Lima: two counts of non-support of dependents. The defendant owes approximately $15,430 in child support for his nine-year-old child, according to court records. He will be sentenced Feb. 25.

• April Schutte, 32, of West Liberty: non-support of dependents. She was placed on the prosecutor’s pretrial diversion program. She owes about $15,695 in child support.

Sentenced were:

• Sandra Beach, 25, of Zanesfield: five years’ community control and ordered to pay court costs and attorney fees for trafficking in drugs. As part of her community control, she must also undergo treatment in the Logan County Family Court. Addressing the court, the defendant said she intends to kick her heroin addiction and regain custody of her two children.



• Joseph Bair, 26, of Maplewood: two years’ community control, a $500 fine 40 hours of community service and ordered to pay court costs for theft and criminal trespassing. Judge O’Connor suspended a six-month local jail term.

• James Lu, 43, of Delaware: five years’ community control, a $1,000 fine, court costs and attorney fees for trademark counterfeiting.

According to prosecutors, the defendant would travel as far away as New York City to purchase fraudulent brand name merchandise and resell it locally. A private investigator working on behalf of copyrighted trademarks including Fox Racing and John Deere reportedly tipped off local authorities.

• Natasha Grubbs, 30, of Marysville: 8 months in prison for possession of drugs. The prison term will run concurrently with a 12-months term the defendant is currently serving out of Champaign County for a probation violation, which occurred when authorities here charged her July 10 with two counts of possession of drugs.

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