A Belmont County business owner found selling synthetic drugs has been ordered to close the store for one year.
Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine’s office says Stacey Heathcote, the owner of Shadyside Party Center was also indicted by a Belmont County Grand Jury on two counts of Trafficking in Drugs and one count of Drug Possession. The Drug Possession charge includes a Major Drug Offender Specification, which carries a mandatory 11-year prison sentence.
In a ruling issued last week, Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Solovan II declared Shadyside Party Center a public nuisance and ordered that the business be closed from October 1, of this year to September 30 of 2014. The ruling was made after Attorney General DeWine filed a nuisance abatement action against the business earlier this year.
If found guilty of the criminal charges, Heathcote could be required to forfeit her business and all associated real estate.