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The Brown County Grand Jury indicted 17 individuals, including a pair of heroin users

The Brown County Grand Jury met recently and handed down indictments to 17 individuals, including Heather Marie Johnson and Scott Jeffrey Bryant.

Johnson, 24, and Bryant, 28, of Batavia, were both charged by the grand jury on Oct. 22 with one count of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony, aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony, and aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. According to the bill of indictment, the drug in question is methamphetamine.

According to documents filed with the Brown County Municipal Court, Johnson and Bryant were arrested Oct. 4 in Mt. Orab after officers with the Mt. Orab Police Department and Ohio State Highway Patrol made a traffic stop following a drug deal with a confidential informant.

Johnson and Bryant were found with two boxes of pseudoephedrine, which according to a probable cause affidavit, Bryant had traded methamphetamine for. Bryant was also allegedly preparing to manufacture more methamphetamine with the pseudoephedrine.

After searching the vehicle, the officers also allegedly found another box of pseudoephedrine, a plastic container containing aluminum foil, and three more empty boxes of pseudoephedrine.

In an interview with the officers, Johnson allegedly told them that she had been working as a prostitute to pay for her heroin addiction, and she, Bryant, and another undisclosed individual had used heroin the morning of their arrest. Johnson also alleged that she and Bryant had purchased lithium batteries and Coleman fuel recently and that Bryant would take the materials to manufacture methamphetamine to another individual.

Bryant, in an interview with officers, denied that he was preparing to use the pseudoephedrine to manufacture methamphetamine, stating that the pseudoephedrine was for his nasal congestion. Bryant however did admit that he hadn’t received a doctor’s advice or orders to use pseudoephedrine for clearing up his sinuses.

Both Johnson and Bryant were arraigned on Oct. 23 and as of press time, the two remain in custody on $50,000 bond each.

If convicted, the pair could each face a maximum of five and a half years in prison, as well as a maximum fine in excess of $15,000.

Also indicted were:

Johnny Carl Behrmann, 21, of Williamsburg, on one count of theft of drugs, a fourth-degree felony.

Douglas Brian Catron, 28, of Mt. Orab, on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, one count of illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, three counts of trafficking in marijuana, all fifth-degree felonies, one count of permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony, one count of possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony, one count of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of possessing drug abuse instruments, a first-degree misdemeanor. Counts five and six include specifications for forfeiture of a gun in a drug case and forfeiture of money in a drug case.

Robert Catron, 76, of Mt. Orab, on three counts of trafficking in marijuana, all fifth-degree felonies, and one count of permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony. The third and fourth counts include specification for forfeiture of a gun in a drug case and forfeiture of money in a drug case.

Ryan M. Deeter, 23, of Midland, Ohio, on one count of aggravated vehicular assault, a second-degree felony, one count of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of them, a first-degree misdemeanor, and one count of operating a vehicle while under the influence of a listed controlled substance or a listed metabolite of a controlled substance, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Lindsey Evans, 33, of Mt. Orab, on one count of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

Cynthia L. Felekey, 47, of Georgetown, on one count of failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony, one count of obstructing official business, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of resisting arrest, a second-degree misdemeanor.

Joshua T. Gerard, 39, on two counts of burglary, both second-degree felonies, three counts of petty theft, all first degree misdemeanors, two counts of theft, both fifth-degree felonies, two counts of forgery, both fifth-degree felonies, and one count of breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony.

Monica Lynn Green, 28, on one count of illegal manufacture of drugs, a second-degree felony, one count of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony, and one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a second-degree felony.

William P. Kerr, 51, of Lynchburg, on two counts of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, both third-degree felonies.

Mark A. Lovell, 40, of Mt. Orab, on one count of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony.

Donald Francis Lytle, 35, of Mt. Orab, on one count of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony, and one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Bradley J. Pollitt, 27, of Maysville, Ky., on one count of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree felony.

Paul Howard Riley Jr., 21, of Hamersville, on two counts of trafficking in cocaine, a fourth-degree felony.

Tonya Marie Stamper, 42, of Mt. Orab, on one count of permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony.

Eugene Watt, 69, of Sardinia, on one count of illegal cultivation of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

Heather Johnson
http://ripleybee.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_HeatherJohnson.jpgHeather Johnson Courtesy Photo

Scott Bryant
http://ripleybee.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Scott-Jeffrey-Bryant.jpgScott Bryant Courtesy Photo

By Daniel Karell

dkarell@civitasmedia.com

Reach Daniel Karell at 937-378-6161. Follow him on Twitter @GNDKarell

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