Drug dealer fails to comply with court order
The personal recognizance bond of a Belpre woman part of a methamphetamine and heroin trafficking ring in Marietta this past spring was revoked for failing to have a court-ordered interview with the Rural Women’s Recovery facility in Athens prior to her scheduled sentencing Friday.
Amy Davis, 31, of 611 Elm St., Belpre, had previously pleaded guilty to trafficking in methamphetamine, a second-degree felony, June 30 for her part in a drug dealing operation set up in Marietta’s Norwood area in April.
“It’s my understanding as part of the plea agreement the court ordered her to be evaluated by Rural Women’s Recovery and I understand that has not happened,” Judge Mark Kerenyi said in Washington County Common Pleas Court Thursday.
Davis’ attorney Eric Fowler said the interview had yet to take place and a new date was scheduled for Aug. 16 at 10:30 a.m.
Kerenyi decided to revoke Davis’ bond in order to ensure that call takes place, and told Davis she would have to take that call from the Washington County Jail.
“Ma’am you need to understand something, there was an agreement made in this case that you were going to be evaluated, my intent is to put you into treatment, it’s not optional at this point you will go into treatment,” said Kerenyi. “If you don’t go into treatment, your violation affords up to 18 months in prison.”
Davis replied that she was unclear about what was required of her prior to sentencing.
“I was confused, I thought I could choose between 60 days in treatment or prison,” she said.
“It’s not a choice, you’re going into recovery,” Kerenyi interrupted.
Davis pleaded to not have her bond revoked so that she could make arrangements for her daughter saying that she still needs to get her child ready for school but Kerenyi denied Davis’ request and rescheduled Davis’ sentencing for Aug. 18 at 1:30 p.m.
Davis was originally indicted for trafficking in methamphetamine, a third-degree felony, possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony, and trafficking in heroin, a fifth-degree felony, in May.
An undercover operation by the Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force in April had heard from a confidential informant that Davis was selling methamphetamine and heroin in Marietta and the task force covertly contacted Davis via text message to purchase the drugs.
Davis had agreed April 14 to meet in the Kroger parking lot in Marietta to sell a half ounce of methamphetamine and a gram of heroin for $600 to a member of the task force but never showed and later sent a message for the buyer to meet her on Sheldon Avenue.
After Davis was arrested she gave up the location of a home on Sheldon Avenue where her remaining associates and more drugs were later found.
Co-defendants’ in the April trafficking case are as follows:
¯ Andrew Bryant Tucker, 33, of 221 Sheldon Ave., Marietta (currently in a 90-day rehabilitation program): case continued.
¯ Shelby Jewel Scott, 29, of 221 Sheldon Ave., Marietta: case dismissed.
¯ Thomas Christian Kaptis, 42, of 9580 State Route 339, Vincent: warrant issued for his arrest.
¯ Brittni Cheyenne Messick, 23, of 460 Muskingum Drive, Marietta: sentenced to one year of community control and residential treatment at the Oriana House in Reno.
At a glance
¯ Amy Davis, 31, of 611 Elm St., Belpre, sentencing Friday was continued to Aug. 18 at 1:30 p.m. in Washington County Common Pleas Court.
¯ Davis had previously pleaded guilty to trafficking in methamphetamine, a second-degree felony, June 30 for her part in a drug dealing operation set up in Marietta’s Norwood area in April.
¯ Davis faces up to 18 months in prison if she does not complete the terms of a plea agreement outlining drug rehabilitation treatment.
Source: Washington County Common Pleas Court and Prosecutor’s Office.