Big Oak: Six appear in court

LISBON — Six more defendants from the Operation Big Oak indictment had hearings in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court this week.

Mitchell O. Lacey, 46, Bethesda Road, Hanoverton, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and six counts of aggravated possession of drugs. Lacey requested immediate sentencing and was sentenced to nine months in prison. However, the sentence will run concurrent to another nine-month sentence Lacey is currently serving for another possession of drugs case for having fentanyl on March 3, 2017.

According to the Operation Big Oak charges, Lacey had fentanyl on six occasions in March and April of 2017. The cocaine charge was from March 24, 2017.

Allen W. Dean, 30, Broadway, Wellsville, was found eligible for intervention in lieu of conviction and pleaded guilty to 14 counts of aggravated possession of drugs and five counts of possession of cocaine. All of the charges involved fentanyl and cocaine in March, April and May of 2017. Dean was placed on a four-year intervention plan.

Michael Phillips II, 29, 16 School Road, Wellsville, pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin and two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs. He was granted intervention in lieu of conviction and placed on a four-year intervention plan. The charges were for purchases of fentanyl at Phillips’ home in January and February 2017, as well as the sale of heroin in February 2017.

Mark S. Bailey, 35, Y and O Road, Wellsville, pleaded guilty to aggravated trafficking in drugs for selling fentanyl on July 2, 2017. Bailey was selling a drug containing fentanyl on July 2, 2017. Sentencing was sent for Nov. 26.

David Cole, 34, Wilbert Avenue, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs and requested immediate sentencing. Cole was sentenced to eight months in prison, which he will serve concurrently with the 9-month sentence he received in June for a receiving stolen property conviction stemming from his actions in 2015. The aggravated possession of drugs charge was for selling fentanyl on March 14, 2017.

Corey Desarro, 30, East Chestnut Street, Lisbon, was sentenced to community control for two counts of possession of cocaine and two counts of aggravated possession of drugs. The charges were for fentanyl and cocaine in his possession in early March 2017.

The Operation Big Oak indictment involved a drug trafficking ring of residents from Columbiana County and the Cleveland area with more than 100 defendants and 756 counts.

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