Woman files drug case appeal

LISBON — A Warren woman who pleaded guilty to charges involving leading a drug and crime ring in the Salem area now has indicated she will file an appeal.

Tiona Jones, also known as “T,” 35, was sentenced in late June to 14 years for leading a gang of drug dealers in Salem after Columbiana County Judge Scott Washam denied her request to be allowed to withdraw her guilty pleas to several charges.

One of the charges Jones pleaded guilty to was engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity with a forfeiture specification, which carries a mandatory 10-year prison term. On April 4, Jones pleaded guilty to engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine, complicity to felonious assault, complicity to aggravated burglary, intimidation of a witness to a criminal case, two counts of money laundering and four counts of conspiracy to trafficking in drugs.

The appeal paperwork filed this week does not state what part of her case Jones is planning to appeal to the Seventh District Court of Appeals.