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Hillsboro man sentenced to 5 years in prison for meth trafficking

Caitlin Forsha, The Highland County Press

A Hillsboro man indicted on 10 drug-related counts this February in connection with a Highland County Task Force investigation has been sentenced to five years in prison. 

Jacob Yost, 35, was one of 19 individuals indicted in February as part of “Operation Fetty Stop,” which is the ongoing work of the Highland County Task Force and all county law enforcement agencies to stop the trafficking and use of fentanyl in Highland County. 

He was initially charged with one count of aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine in the vicinity of a school zone, a second-degree felony; three counts of aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine, all third-degree felonies; four counts of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, third-degree felonies; one count of trafficking in drugs, a fifth-degree felony; and one count of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

According to court records, Yost pleaded guilty April 26 to the aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine in the vicinity of a school zone count and two amended counts of aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine, both third-degree felonies. The remaining seven charges were dismissed. 

For the second-degree felony count, a bill of particulars alleges that on or about June 16, 2023, a confidential informant (CI) working with the Highland County Task Force and Yost arranged to meet in the parking lot of a Greenfield business, which was within 1,000 feet of an area school. Yost allegedly sold 3.49 grams of meth to the CI. 

On or about April 21, 2023, it is alleged that Yost met with a CI in the parking lot of a Leesburg business, where Yost sold 5.12 grams of meth as well as “three peach-colored pills,” which tested positive as buprenorphine, for which Yost allegedly did not have a prescription. 

The other third-degree felony charge was for an alleged incident on or about April 25, where Yost and a CI met in the parking lot of a Hillsboro business. Yost allegedly sold 9.55 grams of meth to the CI during that drug buy. 

Highland County Common Pleas Court Judge Rocky Coss sentenced Yost to one year on each third-degree felony count, consecutive to each other and consecutive to a mandatory three-year term on the second-degree felony charge. Under the Reagan Tokes Law, Yost could serve up to six and a half years in prison. He had jail time credit of 56 days.

Yost was additionally ordered to pay $550 in restitution to the Highland County Task Force.

The Highland County Task Force has a Facebook page and takes anonymous and confidential tips regarding substance abuse and trafficking in Highland County. You can also provide information directly to a member of the Task Force by calling the Highland County Prosecutor’s Office at (937) 393-1851. 
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