Two state prisoners have been indicted for possession of heroin nearly a year ago in a prison in Warren County.
Rocky D. Newman, 44, and Ramon Collins, 35, were indicted on Friday for possession of heroin and aggravated possession of drugs at the Warren Correctional Institution, according to a list of indictments issued Monday morning by the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.
Collins allegedly possessed heroin and fentanyl on July 19, 2017, Newman heroin two days later, according to descriptions included on the indictment list.
On Monday, Collins remained in Warren Correctional, serving a seven-year sentence for burglary in Hamilton County, according to online state prison records.
Newman, serving 18 months for possessing weapons under disability in Scioto County, was originally scheduled for release Monday, according to online state prison records.
However, he was in the state’s Corrections Reception Center in Orient, according to the state records.
It was unclear if he would be released, despite the indictment in Warren County.
Newman’s online record indicates he was paroled on Oct. 14, but had been put back in prison.
Sgt. James Schlotterback, who heads the Ohio Highway Patrol office investigating cases at the Warren County prison, said the backlog in completing lab results on inmate cases could result in the 2017 cases just now being indicted.
First Assistant Warren County Prosecutor Steve Knippen said the two cases were unrelated and that Newman’s return to prison was not triggered by the new case.
Collins’ case was prompted by a cell search, while Newman was seen shaking hands with other inmates and putting something in his shirt pocket, which turned out to be suspected heroin, according to Knippen.
Their arraignments had not been scheduled.
The head of Newman’s parole office declined to comment and referred questions to the department’s public information office, which did not respond to a request for information.