Rivers to serve 16 months for drug trafficking

MIAMI COUNTY — Jonathan Rivers, 29, of Piqua, was sentenced to serve 16 months in prison on three counts of fourth-degree felony trafficking of drugs in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Monday.

Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee also sentenced Rivers to serve 11 months in prison for fifth-degree felony possession of drugs which will run concurrent with his prior sentence.

Gee also ordered the forfeiture of $1,227 at the time of Rivers arrest by the Piqua Police Department. Rivers received 38 days of jail credit and was ordered to pay $375 in restitution for drug testing to the police department.

“Mr. Rivers, when you get out of prison you need to find something better to do than selling crack,” Gee told Rivers at the end of the hearing.

Rivers was arrested last August on three counts of fourth-degree felony trafficking cocaine charges. One of the charges stemmed from a warrant from the Piqua Police Department filed on July 10 — 10 days after Rivers was released from serving time in prison from another drug related charge which Judge Gee noted was “almost the exact same offense.”

Rivers was recognized during a traffic stop and was found to have crack cocaine, oxycodone, and cash with him, according to records.