New York man sentenced to prison on drug charges

STEUBENVILLE — Elijah M. Ross, 32, of Rochester, N.Y., was sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Michelle Miller after Ross pleaded guilty to drug charges.

Ross pleaded guilty to two counts of fentanyl trafficking, two counts of heroin trafficking, tampering with evidence and single counts of possession of cocaine and fentanyl.

Ross faced 11 years in prison.

The county drug task force made buys of heroin or fentanyl from Ross on Sept. 6 through Sept. 13.

The drug task force stopped the vehicle Ross was in after the last drug deal and arrested him in possession of cocaine and fentanyl.

The drug task force then executed a search warrant at a house in the 100 block of McDowell Avenue and found a handgun reported stolen out of Brooke County.

The prosecutor’s office dismissed the stolen handgun charge and a count of having a weapon under disability citing evidentiary reasons and the lack of proof Ross had possession of the gun.

Miller ordered that $570 seized during the arrest of Ross would be forfeited to the drug task force.