Trio indicted for heroin trafficking


By Glenn Battishill - gbattishill@aimmedianetwork.com



A Columbus trio was indicted by a Delaware County Grand Jury Friday and charged with trafficking heroin.

Jesse Gomez, 29, Gilberto U. Perez-Tapia, 33, and Alejandro E. Chavez-Guzman, 29 were indicted Friday and charged with seven counts of trafficking in drugs, three first-degree felonies, two second-degree felonies, and two fourth-degree felonies. Gomez and Perez-Tapia are also charged one count of possession of drugs, a first-degree felony.

Gomez is charged with an additionally two counts of possession of drugs, a first-degree felony and a fourth-degree felony.

Prosecutors said the Delaware County Drug Task Force, worked with agents from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) to bring charges in the case.

“During the investigation, officials seized more than 500 grams of heroin and more than $14,000 cash,” said Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien. “Several search warrants also yielded items such as plastic baggies, a digital scale, rubber gloves, and more than a dozen cellular phones.”

Specifications on the indictment allege that all three are major drug offenders.

“Because the amount of drugs seized was more than 250 grams, the major drug offender specification can be applied,” said O’Brien. “If found guilty, a specification would add time to a sentence.”

Arraignments have not been set for the trio in Delaware County Common Pleas Court, but Judge Everett Krueger will preside over the case.

By Glenn Battishill

gbattishill@aimmedianetwork.com

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.