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GALLIPOLIS — A Gallia County man who has already been indicted on drug-related charges in multiple felony cases pleaded not guilty Thursday to second-degree felony charge of corrupting another with drugs.

Allen A. Cox, 48, of White Road, Gallipolis, also pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of tampering with evidence after he allegedly “removed illegal drugs from the scene of a drug overdose” in an attempt to impair its value as evidence in a proceeding investigation.

According to the language of the indictment in this case, on Nov. 7, 2013, the defendant allegedly administered, furnished, induced or caused Travis Martin to use a controlled substance and thereby caused serious physical harm to the victim, or caused Martin to become drug dependent.

Gallia County Prosecutor Jeff Adkins and Assistant Prosecutor Eric Mulford reported following the arraignment hearing that, while they cannot release any specific facts in this case, they can report that the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI) brought a case to their office following the investigation of the “scene of a drug overdose” and the alleged corruption charge — a case that was subsequently submitted to a grand jury earlier this month.

“Ohio BCI submitted a case file to this office that included interviews of the other occupants of the residence and other persons associated with the residence,” Mulford said. “Testimony was presented to the grand jury, which found probable cause to issue the indictment.”

Present in court on Thursday was Cox, along with his court-appointed counsel, Graham Woodyard, and Gallia County Prosecutor Jeff Adkins.

A bond in the amount of $35,000, own recognizance, was set in this case and Cox was later released from the Gallia County Jail.

In his most recent previous case, Cox was sentenced in January 2011 to 11 months of imprisonment after pleading guilty to one count of drug possession and was further ordered to serve out the remainder of his prison sentence in a 2006 case — a case in which he was granted judicial release.

In 2006, Cox was indicted in three separate cases on charges of drug possession, the illegal use of food stamps, intimidation of a witness, trafficking in drugs and tampering with evidence.

Cox later entered guilty pleas to two counts of drug possession, one count of the illegal use of food stamps, one count of tampering with evidence and one count of drug trafficking. He was sentenced in early 2007 to serve 11 months of incarceration in relation to his first 2006 case and three years of prison in his second 2006 case — sentences that were ordered to be served concurrently. Later on in 2007, a two-year prison sentence was handed down against Cox in relation to his third 2006 case and this sentence was also ordered to be served concurrently with his other two cases.

Just over two years after he was sentenced to prison, in January 2009, Cox was granted judicial release and was sentenced to a total of three years of probation with the stipulation that any violation of his probation count lead to his return to prison to serve out the remainder of his prison term.

On Aug. 7, 2010, law enforcement officials reportedly performed a probation search at Cox’s residence and discovered illicit drugs in the home.

A drug trafficking charge from the Aug. 7 search of Cox’s residence was listed in an indictment filed later in 2010 along with charges that the defendant was in the possession of Methadone tablets on April 2, 2010, and had sold or offered to sell the drugs.

He subsequently pleaded guilty to one count of drug possession in late December 2010, and, early the following year, the defendant was sentenced to 11 months of imprisonment. He was further ordered to serve the remaining time on his original sentence in relation to his 2006 cases due to community control violations. These two sentences were ordered to be served concurrently.

He was further ordered to forfeit $1,428 to the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office as proceeds that were used in relation to his alleged drug activity.

Cox also has three additional closed common pleas cases. In two 1999 cases, Cox pleaded guilty to one count of violating a protection order and one count of drug possession and was later placed on community control in relation to these charges. However, community control violations were filed in these cases in September 2000 and Cox was later sentenced to serve 21 days in jail and his community control was ordered continued.

In a 2005 common pleas case, Cox pleaded guilty to the attempted possession of drugs, a first degree misdemeanor, and was ordered to pay a fine of $1,000.

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