Local man found guilty of drug trafficking


Blankenship could face 3 years in prison

By Erik Martin - emartin@aimmedianetwork.com



Mickel Blankenship listens to his defense attorney Tuesday in Darke County Common Pleas Court. The Greenville man was found guilty of drug trafficking. He will be sentenced December 19.


Erik Martin | The Daily Advocate

GREENVILLE — On Wednesday, a Greenville man on trial in Darke County Common Pleas Court was found guilty of drug trafficking.

A jury of eight men and five women (one alternate) deliberated approximately 45 minutes before convicting Mickel Blankenship, 54, of two fourth-degree felony counts of trafficking heroin within the vicinity of a school.

Blankenship was represented by Greenville defense attorney Dave Rohrer. Assistant Prosecutor Deborah Quigley presented the state’s case to the court.

Blankenship’s arrest was the result of an undercover drug operation conducted by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

On two subsequent days — Oct. 26 and 27, 2015 — Blankenship was observed selling a total of eight capsules, presumably containing heroin, to a paid informant at a Greenville residence.

A medical lab determined the capsules did not, in fact, contain heroin.

Two Darke County Sheriff’s detectives and the paid informant involved in the sting operation testified for the prosecution on Tuesday. The defendant did not testify on his own behalf.

Blankenship is scheduled to be sentenced in court December 19. He faces up to three years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines on the combined charges.

Mickel Blankenship listens to his defense attorney Tuesday in Darke County Common Pleas Court. The Greenville man was found guilty of drug trafficking. He will be sentenced December 19.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2016/11/web1_blankenship-0005-PRINT.jpgMickel Blankenship listens to his defense attorney Tuesday in Darke County Common Pleas Court. The Greenville man was found guilty of drug trafficking. He will be sentenced December 19. Erik Martin | The Daily Advocate
Blankenship could face 3 years in prison

By Erik Martin

emartin@aimmedianetwork.com

The writer may be reached at 937-569-4314. Join the conversation and get updates on Facebook search Darke County Sports or Advocate 360. For more features online go to dailyadvocate.com

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