GALLIPOLIS — A Columbus man arrested last summer after he was found traveling in a stolen vehicle while in possession of illegal drugs, was recently arraigned in the Common Pleas Court of Gallia County on multiple drug charges.
Anthony M. Moore, 37, of Columbus, was present in court and pleaded not guilty to four counts of trafficking in drugs and two counts of drug possession — charges that were filed in addition to a receiving stolen property charge in regard to his possession of stolen 2006 Suzuki Forenza.
Moore was arrested at approximately 10:30 a.m. July 14, 2013, by a Gallipolis city police officer who was on patrol in the area of the Silver Bridge Plaza on Ohio 7.
Reportedly, as the officer passed a blue Suzuki car waiting at the red light at the Bob Evans Restaurant and Super 8 Motel entrance, his license plate reader alerted the officer to a hit as a stolen vehicle.
After verifying that the vehicle had been entered into the National Crime Information Center database by the Columbus Police Department as a stolen vehicle, the officer initiated a traffic stop as the vehicle turned into the Hampton Inn parking lot on Upper River Road.
After speaking with the three occupants of the vehicle — two males and one female driver — the officer discovered that the vehicle was actually in the possession of the passenger, identified as Moore.
The female driver reported to the officer that the two males had asked her to drive them to Gallipolis from Columbus, as she was in the possession of a valid driver’s license while they were not.
The second male passenger also identified Moore as the supposed “owner” of the stolen vehicle.
During an inventory of the vehicle, Gallipolis police officers, assisted by Gallia County sheriff’s deputies, discovered what appeared to be tar heroin in the back floorboard of the vehicle. Also located in the vehicle were Suboxone strips, marijuana, a hypodermic needle and what was believed to be cocaine in small plastic bags.
The vehicle was towed from the scene and transported to the city’s impound lot.
Moore was placed under arrest for receiving stolen property and transported to the Gallia County Jail.
The other two occupants were detained for further investigation and transported to the police department, where they were questioned. Both were later released.
Moore later made an initial appearance in Gallipolis Municipal Court, where his case was later bound over to the common pleas court and grand jury indicted him on a charge of receiving stolen property. He was arraigned last August and was later released on an own recognizance bond.
According to information filed in this case, Moore later failed to appear for a pre-trial settlement conference in November and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
A second case outlining charges of trafficking and the possession of drugs was later filed against the defendant, and, following his arrest on May 28, Moore was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to being in the possession of and preparing 8.10 grams of heroin and 2.70 grams of cocaine for sale or resale, as well as preparing five sealed packets of Suboxone and 4.4 grams of marijuana for sale or resale on July 14, 2013.
During his recently arraignment hearing, Moore’s bond was set at $50,000, own recognizance. A plea agreement in this case may be filed on Aug. 15 and a jury trial has been set for Sept. 15.
According to information filed in Moore’s first case, he has previously faced charges of theft, failure to appear, felonious assault, the corruption of a minor and the possession of drugs through the Franklin County Common Pleas Court, breaking and entering and theft through the Pickaway County Common Pleas Court, breaking and entering through the Fairfield County Common Pleas Court, and the attempted possession of cocaine, trafficking in drugs and the failure to verify address through the Gallia County Common Pleas Court.