Two More Drug Ring Players Sentenced

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Two Glouster residents arrested in connection with a heroin and cocaine ring were sentenced in Athens County Common Pleas Court on Monday.

Patricia Nichole Vore, 29, and John E. Rutter, 55, were both sentenced after changing their pleas to guilty in indictments against them.

Vore pleaded guilty to seven counts of trafficking in heroin, and one count each of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, possessing criminal tools, aggravated trafficking in drugs, possession of heroin and possession of cocaine, according to a press release by the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office.

Judge George McCarthy sentenced Vore to three years in prison for the engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity charge. When released from prison, Vore is ordered to serve five years of community control. If she violates the terms of the community control, she would face a prison term of 10 years.

Rutter was sentenced to four years in prison on a charge of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. Judge Patrick Lang also ordered five years of mandatory post-release control when Rutter is released from prison.

Fourteen people have been charged in the alleged ring that allegedly brought heroin and more recently cocaine from Columbus to Athens County. Those charged were alleged ring leaders Anthony Spears, Megan Vore, Kevin Degarmore, Robert Degarmore, Ronnie Degarmore, Richard E. Losey, Patricia Vore, Amy Beth Degarmore, John “Michael” Losey, Cary A. Losey, Kelly Marie Cox, Jeffrey W. Degarmore, Leesha M. Santek and Gerald W. Hammon, Jr., and Rutter.

Cox, 44, of Glouster, pleaded guilty to a single count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and is scheduled to be sentenced in September. Hammon Jr. and Cary Losey also entered guilty pleas. Losey was sentenced to five years of community control on charges of trafficking in heroin and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and was also ordered to enter a drug treatment facility when she completes community control. Hammon was also sentenced to complete a drug treatment program, while also completing five years of community control.

This case was investigated by the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office, the Athens Major Crimes Unit, Hocking Major Crimes Unit, Glouster Police Department, Athens County 9-1-1, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), Licking County Sheriff’s Office, Adult Parole Authority.