Over two years after the Highland County Prosecutor’s Office announced a large-scale drug investigation in the Greenfield area, the final defendant was sentenced this week in Highland County Common Pleas Court.

Kayla Valentine, 29, of Leesburg was indicted by a Highland County grand jury in June 2020 on one count of possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony. A bill of particulars alleged that while law enforcement executed a search warrant at a Greenfield residence, a plastic bag of what was later determined to be heroin was found in what officers believed to be Valentine’s purse.

In October 2020, Valentine was again indicted, this time on a fourth-degree felony failure to appear charge. According to a bill of particulars, she failed to appear at a pretrial hearing in September 2020 for the aforementioned drug possession case.

Valentine pleaded guilty to both charges July 7, according to court records.

On Aug. 3, Highland County Common Pleas Court Judge Rocky Coss sentenced Valentine to 10 months in prison for the heroin possession charge, consecutive to 14 months for the failure to appear charge, for a total sentence of two years. She had 68 days of jail time credit in the drug case.

That sentencing hearing marked the 28th and final defendant sentenced in relation to the large-scale drug eradication effort in Greenfield announced in June 2020, primarily related to the illegal manufacturing and sale of methamphetamine.

The Greenfield Police Department, in conjunction with Investigator Randy Sanders of the Highland County Prosecutor's Office, executed a number of drug-related arrests in Greenfield on June 16, 2020.

In all, 30 indictments were filed in that case, including one 54-count indictment involving nine defendants. At the time, it was the first large-scale arrests in Highland County since October 2015. Since then, the Highland County Task Force has devoted much of 2022 to “Operation Ice Breaker,” which is primarily concentrated in Hillsboro, with $60,000 in illegal narcotics purchased in the city by the task force.

Those convicted in relation to the 2020 Greenfield drug case included:

• Ray Penn of Greenfield was sentenced in August 2020 to seven years in prison for engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, trafficking in heroin and aggravated possession of methamphetamine.

• Jessica Willett of Greenfield was sentenced in August 2020 to seven years in prison for engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity; trafficking in heroin; aggravated possession of methamphetamine; and aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine.

• Gregory Ralph of Leesburg was sentenced in October 2020 to six years in prison for aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine in the vicinity of a school; aggravated trafficking in drugs (fentanyl) in the vicinity of a school; and tampering with evidence.

• Kaleb Landrum of Greenfield was sentenced in August 2020 to five and half years in prison for aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine in the vicinity of a school, trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school and trafficking in heroin.

• Andrew Ward of Greenfield was sentenced in August 2020 to five years in prison for trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school and aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine in the vicinity of a school.

• John Willett of Greenfield was sentenced in October 2020 to five years in prison for aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine in the vicinity of a school.

• Talena Spoerl of Leesburg was sentenced in August 2020 to four years and 11 months in prison for aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine in the vicinity of a school and trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school.

• Patrick Jones of Greenfield was sentenced in August 2020 to 27 months for aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine and aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine in the vicinity of a school, but received an overall sentence of four and a half years as he pleaded to guilty to various counts in three separate indictments. He has since been released.

• Ian West of Greenfield was sentenced in September 2020 to four and a half years in prison for aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine in the vicinity of a school and aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine.

• Bobbi Jo Munyan of Greenfield was sentenced in October 2020 to three years and three months in prison for aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine in the vicinity of a school, aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine and failure to appear.

• Sidney Binegar of Greenfield was sentenced in November 2020 to three years in prison for aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine in the vicinity of a school and aggravated trafficking in drugs (fentanyl) in the vicinity of a school.

• Jason Louk of Greenfield was sentenced in August 2020 to three years in prison for aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine in the vicinity of a school and trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school.

• Jamie Williams of Greenfield was sentenced in February 2021 to two years and nine months in prison for aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine in the vicinity of a school and failure to appear.

• Christopher Burns of Hillsboro was sentenced in August 2020 to two and a half years in prison for aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine and trafficking in heroin. He has since been released.

• Justin Stevens of Greenfield was sentenced in August 2020 to two years and three months in prison for trafficking in heroin, aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of cocaine. He has since been released.

• Jason Bond of Greenfield was sentenced in September 2020 to two years in prison for aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine. He has since been released.

• Jamie Robinette of Greenfield was sentenced in September 2020 to a year and a half in prison for trafficking in heroin and failure to appear. He has since been released.

• Douglas Simmons of Greenfield was sentenced in August 2020 to a year and a half in prison for trafficking in heroin and possession of heroin. He has since been released.

• Jamie Coonrod of Greenfield was sentenced in September 2020 to three years of community control for permitting drug abuse.

• Timothy Cowman II of Bainbridge was sentenced in September 2020 to three years of community control for trafficking in heroin.

• Desarai Griffith of Greenfield was sentenced in October 2020 to three years of community control for trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school and aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine in the vicinity of a school.

• Brian Patrick of Greenfield was sentenced in August 2020 to three years of community control for aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine in the vicinity of a school and aggravated possession of methamphetamine.

• John Rodgers of Greenfield was sentenced in August 2020 to three years of community control for permitting drug abuse.

• Larissa Taylor of Hillsboro was sentenced in October 2020 to three years of community control for aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine.

• Brandy Thompson of Greenfield was sentenced in October 2020 to three years of community control for aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine in the vicinity of a school and trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school.

• Miko Turner of Greenfield was sentenced in November 2020 to three years of community control for trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school and failure to appear.

• Robert Willett II of Greenfield was sentenced in September 2020 to three years of community control for aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine.