Man sentenced on drug charges

STEUBENVILLE – Geary L. Harper Jr., 25, of 514 S. Labelle Court was sentenced Tuesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to several drug charges.

County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said all 15 years in prison time is mandatory. She said Harper was indicted as a major drug offender.

Harper pleaded guilty to three counts of having a weapon as a convicted felon, carrying a concealed weapon and five counts of possession of drugs. The drug possession charges also contain forfeiture specifications totaling $8,515.

Harper also was indicted by the grand jury on an escape charge for failing to report to his parole officer.

That charge was included in the plea agreement Tuesday.

City Police saw Harper and arrested him on Sept. 10 in the area of Pennsylvania and Oregon avenues. Hanlin said Harper had a backpack with 70 grams of cocaine, 8 grams of heroin and six and one-half oxycodone pills, cash and a firearm. Harper was taken to the county jail.

Harper called his girlfriend from the county jail and told her where a stash of drugs, guns and money were located at a house at 731 Brady Ave. Hanlin said the calls from the jail are recorded, and prisoners are warned about the recordings.

The drug task force went to the house on Sept. 13 and found 119 grams of crack cocaine, 117 grams of powder cocaine, two firearms and cash hidden in the attic under insulation, Hanlin said.