Gallia County Prosecuting Attorney, Jason D. Holdren, announces that Kelvin M. Lightfoot, age 26, of Dayton, Ohio, was convicted and sentenced yesterday by Judge Margaret Evans in the Gallia County Common Pleas Court. Lightfoot was convicted of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, a felony of the first degree, for transporting 728.4 grams of Methamphetamine into Gallia County. Lightfoot was deemed a major drug offender and sentenced to the maximum term of incarceration for this offense – a minimum prison term of 11 years and maximum prison term of 16 ½ years.
On August 7, 2019, Lightfoot was traveling through Gallia County and stopped for a traffic violation by Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Drew Kuehne. Trooper Kuehne immediately noticed the odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle and marijuana residue in the center console and cup holder. Following a search of Lightfoot’s vehicle, 728.4 grams of methamphetamine was located. Lightfoot indicated that he was transporting drugs from Dayton, Ohio, to Charleston, West Virginia. Lightfoot was arrested and incarcerated in the Gallia County Jail. Gallipolis Municipal Court Judge Eric Mulford placed a $2,000,000 – 10% bond on Lightfoot for the following reasons: the weight of the evidence against Lightfoot; Lightfoot was on parole at the time of his arrest; Lightfoot had served a prior prison term of 4 years following an Aggravated Robbery conviction out of Montgomery County, Ohio; the serious nature of the charges; and Lightfoot being a flight risk.
“Since August 7, 2019, Lightfoot has remained incarcerated awaiting trial,” stated Holdren. “In only three months this drug trafficker has been convicted and sentenced to prison. My position has not changed since taking office – drug traffickers bringing this poison to, or through, Gallia County will continue to be held accountable for their actions and sent to prison. I would like to thank Troopers Kuehne and Atwood for their hard work and diligence in this case, as well as Gallipolis Post Commander Barry Call and Lt. Dana Hutton of the OSHP Criminal Patrol Unit.