A Nelsonville man facing charges related to possession of and trafficking in marijuana has been jailed after violating house arrest by attending the Parade of the Hills festival.
Parker R. Elliott, 37, was sent to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail in Nelsonville on Friday after appearing in Athens County Common Pleas Court.
Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn said Friday that his office launched an investigation into Elliott’s whereabouts this past Thursday after a citizens complaint alleged he was seen attending the Parade of the Hills festival, which ran from Aug. 16-19 in Nelsonville.
According to the terms of Elliott’s bond, he was supposed to be under house arrest at a family residence. Blackburn said that Elliott had received permission to attend an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting on the night in question, but instead reportedly went to Parade of the Hills.
Elliott, of Nelsonville, has pleaded not guilty to a variety of charges related to possession of marijuana and THC-based edible candies, as well as trafficking in marijuana.
He has been charged with second-degree felony illegal cultivation of marijuana, second-degree felony manufacture of drugs, second-degree felony trafficking marijuana, third-degree felony having weapons while under disability, first-degree misdemeanor possession of drugs, and fifth-degree felony conspiracy.
A co-defendant in the case, Samantha L. Somerville, 32, pleaded guilty Aug. 4, in an agreement in which she served over six weeks in the regional jail. She has now been entered into the Prosecutor’s Office diversion program.
The case dates back to a raid by the Athens County Major Crimes Unit on Feb. 16, during which a warrant was executed for illegal drug activity at a home on Dorr Run Road in Nelsonville.
A release at the time said the investigation began when the Athens County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Interdiction Unit followed up on tips that illegal drugs were being sold at the home.
A search warrant was obtained and the residence was searched. Evidence reportedly collected at the scene included six firearms, over $2,000 cash, approximately 10 pounds of marijuana, THC edibles in the form of candies and chocolate bars, and butane honey oil, commonly known as “dabs.” The release said evidence of manufacturing and trafficking of dabs also was found.
Photographs of the evidence show 20 milk-chocolate candy bars from a manufacturer called “Dank Grasshopper,” including “Milky Dream,” “Fallout,” “Crunch” and “420.” The photos also show 40 bags of gummy candies alleged to contain THC.
Elliott and Somerville were arrested June 16 near Wilkesville in Vinton County.