LOCAL MAN SENTENCED TO 22 YEARS IN METH CASE
August 24, 2016
Common Pleas Court Judge William T. Marshall sentenced Ronald L. Scoggins, 33, of McDermott, to 22 years in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine. After a two-day trial, a Common Pleas jury took only one hour to convict Scoggins of a five count indictment charging him with aggravated possession of meth, aggravated trafficking in meth, illegal manufacture of meth, illegal possession of chemicals for the manufacture of meth, and endangering children.
According to the testimony presented by the Prosecutor’s Office, on March 4, 2015, Scioto County Adult Probation Officers received information of meth use by a probationer on Wright’s Run Road. Probation officers and Southern Ohio Drug Task Force officers went to the residence and discovered a Nissan vehicle belonging to Scoggins girlfriend parked in a driveway with the motor running and the doors locked. When officers looked into the car, they saw in plain view an active one-pot meth lab in the center console of the vehicle. The lab was found less than 100 feet from a home where a seven-month-old child and his mother were napping.
According to testimony by witnesses, Scoggins fled shortly before the officers’ arrival. A search of the vehicle revealed three active one pot meth labs and two depleted meth labs as well as a large quantity of chemicals used in the manufacture of meth.
More damaging for Scoggins, he left his wallet and driver’s license behind in his girlfriend’s car. Scoggins remained on the run for several months until he was arrested earlier this year by the Scioto County Sheriff’s deputies.
Scoggins has served prison sentences for illegal possessions of meth chemicals in Fayette County in 2005 and illegal possession of meth chemicals in Clermont County in 2011. Scoggins is also pending a Scioto County trial in a separate case for auto theft and two counts of felonious assault on Sheriff’s deputies. Scoggins’ sentence includes 19 years of mandatory service before he can be considered for any type of release.