Three London residents charged with selling heroin


By Erin Thompson - [email protected]



Three individuals from London were arraigned on heroin trafficking charges Thursday in Madison County Common Pleas Court.

Joshua Davis, 35, is charged with five counts of drug trafficking, three fifth-degree felonies and two fourth-degree felonies.

Davis allegedly sold cocaine twice and heroin once last June. Last July, he allegedly sold cocaine and diazepam, commonly known as Valium, near the Speedway and Taco Bell in London with juveniles present.

He is currently in custody at Tri-County Regional Jail with bond set at $10,000.

James Lawhun, 34, is charged with trafficking heroin and aggravated trafficking in Fentanyl. He’s charged with felonies of the fifth and fourth degree.

Lawhun’s girlfriend, Mandy Ellis, 33, faces five fifth-degree felonies for trafficking heroin.

According to their indictments, Ellis and Lawhun both were selling last June and July.

The two were granted recognizance bond, placed under house arrest and are subject to random drug screens.

Davis, Lawhun and Ellis will all three appear in court again March 15 for their informal pretrial hearings.

Also in court on Thursday:

• Collin Reber, 20, of London, was arraigned on two counts of fifth-degree felonious theft, one charge of fifth-degree felonious forgery and one charge of theft, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Reber allegedly stole a credit card from a friend and made unauthorized ATM withdrawals in addition to stealing and forging a check, according to assistant county prosecutor Nick Adkins.

Reber was granted a recognizance bond, but may still be held in jail on charges out of municipal court. He will appear in court again March 15 for his informal pretrial hearing.

• Michael Riggle, 41, of Reynoldsburg, is charged with possession of heroin and possession of crack cocaine, two fifth-degree felonies.

Riggle is currently in custody at Tri-County Regional Jail with bond set at $10,000. He will appear in court again for his informal pretrial hearing March 15.

• Rachel Davis, 27, of Plain City, was sentenced to three years community control.

Davis pleaded guilty to fifth-degree felonious forgery last month. Davis forged a check, which belonged to her sister-in-law, for $30.47 to fund her drug addiction.

In court Thursday, Davis said she had been clean since October and was, primarily through Franklin County Drug Court, taking positive steps towards sobriety.

Encouraged by Davis’s progress, Judge Eamon Costello opted for three years community control with weekly and random drug testing over a community-based correctional facility.

Davis said in court that she left her husband, with whom she shared a drug addiction, and has regained the support of her family.

“I just don’t want to live that life anymore,” she said.

If Davis violates her community control in the next three years, she will be sentenced to a year in prison.

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By Erin Thompson

[email protected]

Reach Erin Thompson at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615.

Reach Erin Thompson at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615.

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