Convicted Heroin dealer heads to prison

Clinton Randall

December 10, 2013

GREENVILLE - Rick Fleetwood, 47, of Greenville will spend the next 18 months in an Ohio prison after pleading guilty to his third drug conviction in the past seven years.

It is no secret that Heroin is one of the most dangerous and addictive drugs on the streets today.

According to Darke County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Deborah S. Quigley the name Rick Fleetwood has been mentioned repeatedly in recent Heroin-related cases in the Darke County Common Pleas Court and was referred to as the ‘main source’ for Heroin in the county.

Fleetwood appeared before Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan P. Hein Tuesday afternoon to enter a guilty plea to one count of Trafficking in Drugs (Heroin), a felony of the fourth degree; and a charge of failing to comply with sex offender registration, a felony of the fourth degree. As part of a plea agreement with the state, a third degree felony charge of Trafficking was dismissed. He was sentenced to a total of 18 months on both counts.

Fleetwood was indicted in August after a narcotics investigation with the Greenville Police Department lead to the criminal charges. After being placed on the Darke County Crime Stoppers Most Wanted list he was later captured while hiding at a motel in Englewood after a tip informed law enforcement of his whereabouts.

The convicted Heroin dealer moved to the Greenville area from Sidney, Ohio sometime in April when he registered a change in address with the Darke County Sheriff’s Office for a 1998 sex offense conviction under Megan’s Law.

“He supplied a lot of people with drugs,” said Det. Jason Marion of the Greenville Police Department. “It is a good thing to get someone like him off the streets.”

When detectives searched Fleetwood’s Greenville residence, a number of electronic surveillance items were seized. Video cameras to monitor both indoor and the exterior of the home were discovered, along with a police scanner and several other items the prosecution determined were being used to aid in the drug trafficking activity. Fleetwood agreed to surrender all of these items, along with a couple HD televisions and computer laptops, to the Greenville Police Department.

As part of a plea bargain, the prosecution agreed not to pursue additional charges from investigators locating several gel caps containing Heroin residue during the August residence search.

Fleetwood has been sent to prison seven times prior to this case. During Tuesday’s sentencing hearing, Assistant Prosecutor Quigley listed each year and charges he was convicted of dating back to 1987 in the state of Georgia. This is the third drug conviction in the past seven years for Fleetwood.

“I was just being ignorant,” Fleetwood told the court Tuesday. “I’m not supplying anybody with drugs. I got a job like everyone else.”

He will be placed on post release control for up to 36 months after the prison sentence has been completed. He is also ordered to pay court costs and a $250 restitution fee. A misdemeanor case in Shelby County is still pending in regards to his sex offender registration status.

Fleetwood was represented by local criminal defense attorney Randall E. Breaden.