Published Mon, Apr 2, 2012 12:05 pm Dateline
Updated Mon, Apr 2, 2012 12:31 pm
Members of the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force say they have busted a major interstate drug trafficking pipeline with the arrest of a Scioto County man.
William R. Stuckey, 59, of South Webster, was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree felonies of Trafficking in Drugs and Possession of Drugs.
Scioto County Sheriff Marty Donini said narcotics detectives had been investigating Stuckey for a significant period of time and learned that he was bringing thousands of Oxycodone pills from Detroit into Scioto County and Portsmouth, OH.
"It's nothing new to us. We knew he existed. It was a matter of getting enough probable cause to get the search warrant," said Donini.
After searching Stuckey's residence at 59 Tripp St., narcotics detectives recovered approximately 3,754 non-prescribed Oxycodone pills of either 30 mg or 15 mg strength, 39 firearms, over $17,000 and thousands of dollars worth of property believed to have been derived from the proceeds of drug trafficking. Donini said the seized pills have an estimated street value of over $102,000.
"We consider this a significant arrest because we think it will help dry out a little bit of [the drug trafficking]. Not a whole lot. I'm sure there are other dealers out there, but we just have to go step by step. He was one of those steps," Donini said.
The sheriff said Stuckey is believed to be one of the largest traffickers of Oxycodone pills since the recent shutdown of several "Pill Mills" in Scioto County.
Stuckey is being held on a $500,000 bond at the Scioto County Jail. Donini said the investigation is ongoing, and it has not been determined if Stuckey will be prosecuted at the state or federal level.