Updated Mon, Feb 10, 2014 11:02 am
A Chauncey man pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and violating his community control in a court appearance on Friday.
William R. Goins, Jr., 43, of Chauncey, appeared in Athens County Common Pleas Court on four different cases, including one for two counts of trafficking in heroin and three for violating terms and conditions of community control.
The cases came from 2010 to 2013, and included Goins selling heroin to a confidential informant, in the vicinity of a juvenile, according to a news release by the Athens County Prosecutor's Office.
Goins was sentenced to a total prison term of four years and 11 months for his community control violations and 18 months for the 2013 case, which will all be served consecutively.
Law enforcement charged Goins with trafficking two balloons of heroin to a confidential informant for the Athens County Narcotics Enforcement Team.
Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn said he is working with law enforcement from the agency, along with Glouster investigators and others around the county to prosecute drug traffickers.
"It's an uphill battle," Blackburn said. "We're not creating the heroin here in Athens. It's being driven in here from Nelsonville, it's being brought in from Columbus. It's affecting our communities and our children and we need continued cooperation to stop it."
The violations for which Goins pleaded guilty included admitting to the use of heroin and "associating with an individual against the orders of the Adult Parole Authority," according to the prosecutor's office news release. He is also charged with providing false information to the sheriff's office.