Piqua man pleads guilty to trafficking meth


Could face up to 36 months in prison

By Melanie Yingst - myingst@troydailynews.com



MIAMI COUNTY — Brad M. Ferryman, 37, of Piqua, waived his right to a grand jury trial and entered a plea of guilty to third-degree felony trafficking methamphetamine in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday.

Earlier this month, Miami County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Ferryman after several months of narcotics investigation.

With Judge Christopher Gee presiding, Ferryman was arraigned on the charges by bill of information in exchange for a plea agreement with the state to not add any more charges. Ferryman also agreed to forfeit a gun, his vehicle and cash seized at the time of his arrest as part of the joint plea agreement. Ferryman could face up to 36 months in prison and have his driver’s license suspended for up to five years.

Public defense attorney Steve Layman requested a reduced or own recognizance bond for Ferryman. Judge Gee ordered a bond check on Ferryman’s mother’s residence and deferred the bond issue to Judge Jeannine Pratt, who will sentence Ferryman on Oct. 10. His current bond is $100,000.

Miami County Sheriff’s Office officials served a search warrant at Ferryman’s residence in Lostcreek Township on Aug. 2. Detectives seized methamphetamine, scales, packaging materials, numerous firearms, and surveillance equipment. Detectives also seized methamphetamine packaged for sale, a handgun, and U.S. currency from his vehicle.

Ferryman remains in the Miami County Jail.

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Could face up to 36 months in prison

By Melanie Yingst

myingst@troydailynews.com