Pickaway County Sheriff Matthew O. Hafey recently announced that after a two-day jury trial in Pickaway County Common Pleas Court, a verdict in the trial of John Lamar Kolle, 48, of Columbus was reached.

Kolle was found guilty of both engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and aggravated trafficking in drugs, both felonies of the first degree.

Kolle was sentenced to 10 years on each of the felonies of the first degree, for a total of 20 years in prison, with the possibility of an additional five years which is dependent on his conduct in prison.

The case against Kolle was a part of the “Operation Ice Up” case from 2019. Kolle was the ringleader of one of the drug trafficking organizations that was indicted through this case. (For more on this case, see the story at: https://highlandcountypress.com/Content/In-The-News/In-The-News/Article/59-individuals-in-Ross-Fayette-and-Pickaway-counties-charged-after-U-S-23-Major-Crimes-Task-Force-operation/2/20/53916.)

Sheriff Hafey would like to thank the U.S. 23 Major Crimes Task Force, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and the Pickaway County Prosecutor’s Office for all their relentless work on this case.