Drug offenses land three with mandatory prison sentences

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

Three different drug cases went through Athens County Common Pleas Court, ending in sentences that will be served without any chance of judicial release.

Tylor Woodrum, 23, of Nelsonville, was sentenced to six years in prison for third-degree felony illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, two counts of second-degree felony illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, one count of fourth-degree felony safecracking and one count of fourth-degree felony trespass in a habitation.

Woodrum was charged with stealing a safe from a neighbor’s house. He was found by Nelsonville police in May with the keys to the safe and a bookbag containing “chemicals commonly used in manufacturing methamphetamine,” a release by the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office stated.

In July, Woodrum was found with similar ingredients during a traffic stop, and the next day a backpack with tools and chemicals was found at his Ten Spot Road residence during the execution of a search warrant.

Kayla Allbaugh, 21, of Nelsonville received a three-year mandatory prison term for charges of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and possession of heroin, a second-degree felony.

The possession charge brought her the mandatory prison sentence along with a $7,500 fine. The woman was also sentenced to five years of community control and a three-year underlying sentence.

Also sentenced to serve mandatory prison time was Jacob Stump, who will serve two years for illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs and aggravated possession of drugs. The charges are a third-degree and a fifth-degree felony, respectively.

“All three of theses cases are mandatory prison terms,” Blackburn said. “It’s a pretty good statement that we’re not going to take the spread of drugs in Athens County.”

Meth use is increasing through the area, to the levels law enforcement once saw in heroin use, according to Blackburn. But prosecution is also going up in the area.

“These (mandatory sentences) are all about the amount of drugs,” Blackburn said. “The amount is what brings mandatory sentences unless someone is a repeat violent offender.”

Like other law enforcement in the area, Blackburn is hoping more prosecution will lead to lessons learned when it comes to drugs.

“Manufacturing meth puts everyone at risk,” Blackburn said. “Not just the use, but the neighborhood, the kids, everyone.”