GALLIPOLIS FERRY — A Gallipolis Ferry man arrested by deputies with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department has entered into a plea agreement after the grand jury handed down a 19-count indictment against him in May 2015.
Robert G. Stevens (aka Rodriquez), 38, recently appeared in Mason County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas C. Evans III, to enter a plea of guilty to both count one and count two of the indictment, which were both possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Stevens also entered a plea of guilty to count seven of the indictment which was prohibited person in possession of a firearm.
In exchange for the guilty pleas, the remaining counts in the indictment were to be dismissed. He was indicted for six counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and 13 counts of prohibited person in possession of a firearm.
Stevens was arrested in March of last year by deputies with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department. According to the criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court, deputies received a tip about alleged illegal drug activity going on at Stevens’ residence at 37 Evan Lane. Deputies executed a search warrant at Stevens’ home and located individually wrapped pieces of aluminum foil that contained powder which field tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the complaint. Deputies also reported finding small baggies at the residence and a set of digital scales.
Stevens was located a short time later at a abandoned trailer on Donna Lane. After obtaining consent to search that property, deputies located a camouflage bag with a large ziplock baggie in it, and within the large bag was a “large amount of brownish powdery substance … which field tested positive for heroin,” according to the complaint. There were also several small, single baggies with a white powdery substance in them, according to the complaint.
At the time of his arrest, a press release from the Mason County Sheriff’s Department stated guns were also seized at Stevens’ residence. Deputy J.L. Cavender was the arresting officer in this case.
In the plea agreement, in exchange for Stevens’ guilty pleas mentioned above, the state moved to dismiss remaining counts in another case against Stevens which was pending before Judge David W. Nibert.
Stevens is due back in court at 9 a.m., March 21 for sentencing by Judge Evans. He was represented by Attorney Jenny Evans while Prosecuting Attorney R. Craig Tatterson represented the state in this case.
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