POINT PLEASANT — A capias warrant was issued this week for a Columbus, Ohio man who allegedly did not reappear in Mason County Circuit Court after he entered a plea in a drug case.
Eugene D. Fitzgerald, 33, Columbus, was indicted by the January term of the grand jury for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver times two and conspiracy. He was indicted along with Tarik R. Chukes, 33, Columbus, Ohio, possession of controlled substance with intent to deliver times two and conspiracy; Andraus D. Mathews, 35, Columbus, Ohio, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver times two and conspiracy; Walter Strong, 35, Columbus, Ohio, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver times two and conspiracy.
In addition, Fitzgerald was indicted in a separate, second case by the January term of the grand jury for forgery times four, uttering times four.
Back in March, Fitzgerald entered into a plea agreement, stating he wished to enter a plea of guilty to attempt to commit a felony, a lesser included offense in the case where he was indicted with the three aforementioned defendants. He also entered a plea of guilty to forgery as contained in count one of the second case of which he was the lone defendant.
Fitzgerald was scheduled to reappear in circuit court on Monday in regard to the two cases but according to the docket filed in the office of Circuit Court Clerk Bill Withers, he did not appear. Fitzgerald is also known as Mark Hatcher, according to the capias warrant.
Back in September 2015, Fitzgerald, aka Mark Hatcher, along with Chukes, Mathews and Strong were arrested at a home in the Camp Conley area by deputies with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department.
According to the official criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court, deputies with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department came in contact with the four men around 1:40 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 at a home located at 23 Penny Lane, Point Pleasant.
Chukes was located in a back bathroom of the residence, Mathews was located in a back bedroom of the residence, Strong was located in a back bedroom behind the bedroom door, Hatcher was found “hiding” in a back bathroom connected to a back bedroom, according to the complaint.
Deputies completed a search of the home during which they allegedly located what they described as a large amount of illegal narcotics which had been individually wrapped for distribution, “hidden” in a back bedroom, according to the criminal complaint. The illegal substances consisted of suspected heroin and suspected cocaine.
The complaint states the owner of the residence said the four men were staying “for a few days” in a back bedroom where alleged narcotics were found.
Deputies were initially dispatched to the residence after a “suspicious incident” call.
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