EL man pleads guilty to drug-related charges

LISBON — An East Liverpool man pleaded guilty to drug, weapons and theft related charges in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday.

Jason Rowland, 41, Thompson Avenue, East Liverpool, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin, along with two additional counts of possession of drugs, carrying a concealed weapon, having weapons while under a disability and receiving stolen property.

Assistant County Prosecutor Megan Bickerton said at the time of sentencing, the prosecutor’s office will be requesting Judge Scott Washam consider a two-year prison term for Rowland. Defense attorney Richard Hura said he will be asking for community control and a presentencing investigation was ordered.

The charges were from 2015 indictments. The possession of heroin charge with a forfeiture specification claimed Rowland had heroin and $755 intended for use in drug related offenses on June 6, 2014.

The other charges noted on July 13, 2013, Rowland had heroin and buprenorphine in his possession, along with $1,231 intended for use in heroin-related offenses. Additionally, at that time he had a concealed, loaded .380 Taurus handgun belonging to Chelsea Madison after he had already been convicted of a felony drug-related offense.

Sentencing is set for Feb. 16.

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