by Aaron Gibson, Editor, Dec 23, 2015
The first in a potential series of sentences to come for an alleged Brown County meth ring began with a mother and son being sent to prison Thursday, Dec 17.
Ten individuals total suspected of taking part in the accused meth ring have been indicted in Brown County Court of Common Pleas between November and December of this year.
Samuel Tice, the suspected ringleader of the group, was convicted on one count of first-degree felony illegal manufacturing of drugs and received the mandatory minimum of five years in prison, 12 months driver’s license suspension, and five years of post-release control. Additionally, it was ordered $3,300 in US currency will be forfeited to the Brown County Drug and Major Crimes Task Force.
The mother, Rebecca Tice, was convicted on one count of second-degree felony illegal manufacturing of drugs and received the mandatory minimum of three years in prison, 12-months driver’s license suspension, and three years of post-release control.
Ryan Campbell, the next set to appear in court for allegedly taking part in the meth ring, is expected to enter a plea on Dec 29.
According to records filed in Brown County Municipal Court, a search warrant was executed Oct 18 by Brown County Sheriff’s Office and Mount Orab Police on the Tice’s home at 114 Baylie Drive, Mount Orab. Law enforcement had been tracking the purchase of pseudoephedrine at the Mount Orab Kroger Marketplace, which lead them to Samuel and Rebecca Tice.
Pseudoephedrine is a chemical found in some cold medicines, and is commonly used as a precursor in clandestine meth manufacture.
Prior to the search warrant, Mount Orab Police received information the Tice’s home had two handguns, drug paraphernalia, 15 hits of LSD, a container with Coleman fuel, and a duffel bag with items used to manufacture methamphetamine, according to court records.
According to court records, Samuel Tice, Rebecca Tice and Ryan Campbell were inside the home during the search warrant. Law enforcement were able to successfully seize pseudoephedrine, drain cleaner, lithium batteries, lighter fluid, muriatic acid and plastic tubing.
All three were then transported to Brown County Sheriff’s Office and allegedly admitted to having a role in the meth ring.
A probable cause affidavit alleges Samuel Tice supposedly told investigators he had manufactured and sold methamphetamine for five years, Rebecca Tice supposedly told investigators she would receive a cut of the proceeds from the sales, and Campbell supposedly told investigators he would trade Samuel Tice pseudoepehedrine in exchange for methamphetamine.
As the investigation continued, an additional seven individuals would be indicted in December in connection with the meth ring.
The names and charges for the other seven indicted in the alleged Tice meth ring were included in a previous article by Brown County Crime Reporter, “44 indicted in three Brown County Meth Rings.”
—Brown County Crime Reporter Dec 23, 2015 2:11 AM EST
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