Case dismissed for Big Oak defendant

LISBON — A motion to dismiss was granted against Operation Big Oak defendant Ian Reynolds, 30, with addresses listed in East Liverpool and in Youngstown. The reason for the request stated Reynolds was deceased. Reynolds had appeared in custody at the Columbiana County Jail for an arraignment by video conference with Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Washam on Nov. 8. He reportedly was granted a recognizance bond at that time and was released.

Reynolds was charged with two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs for his alleged involvement in the sale of fentanyl and carfentanil mixtures in July and August of this year. According to the Tribune Chronicle, Warren police found Reynolds dead in a vehicle parked at a McDonald’s the following week and foul play was not suspected by investigators. Reynolds is the second of the 102 defendants involved in the Operation Big Oak indictments to have his case dismissed. The other defendant’s charges were dismissed before he was served with them, also reportedly because he was deceased according to court records.