Wednesday, February 28, 2001

Man gets prison for drug trafficking

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — An Indianapolis man accused of being the methamphetamine connection for truckers on Interstate 75 was given an 18-month prison sentence Tuesday.

        Rickey Fightmaster, 53, appeared in Warren County Common Pleas Court after pleading guilty last month to a felony charge of aggravated trafficking in drugs. In exchange for the plea, a charge of aggravated possession of drugs was dismissed.

        Mr. Fightmaster has been jailed since his arrest in October and will receive credit for time already served.

        Police charged Mr. Fightmaster following an eight-month investigation by the Warren County Drug Task Force into alleged drug activity at and around the Stony Ridge Truck Plaza in Monroe.

        Authorities said Mr. Fightmaster frequently stayed at the truck-stop motel on Hamilton-Lebanon Road and made drug deals with truckers using a CB radio in his van, then arranged to meet them near the truck stop for delivery.

        Mr. Fightmaster sold a gram of the illegal stimulant to an undercover officer, and had another 4.5 grams of methamphetamine in his possession, police said.


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