GREENVILLE -A Dayton man is jailed on a $50,000 bond faces charges from a meth bust in Greenville Wednesday evening.
The Darke County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit along with Darke County Deputies and officers from the Greenville Police Department conducted a meth buy/bust operation on Harrison Avenue Wednesday evening. Arrested was Jesse James Phipps,26, of Dayton and was taken into custody without incident. He is currently being housed at the Darke County Criminal Justice Center where he has been formally charged with one count of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs (methamphetamine), a felony of the second degree.
The charge is more severe and carries a mandatory prison term since the offense occurred within 1000 feet of the Greenville Junior High School and exceeds the bulk amount of three grams for methamphetamine. If convicted, Phipps faces a mandatory two to eight years in prison and a fine ranging from $7,500 up to $15,000.
According to Darke County Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Ormsby, Phipps has a lengthy record including drug abuse and an escape charge. He asked if he could plead guilty as charged during the Thursday initial appearance, but was not granted that option by Court Magistrate Anne Brumbaugh who sat in for Judge Jonathan P. Hein.
Phipps is scheduled for a preliminary hearing March 14 at 10:15 a.m. Greenville defense attorney Randall E. Breaden has been appointed to represent Phipps.