An Adamsville resident confessed to illegal drug use and possession charges in Muskingum Common Pleas Court.

Ron Welch
Muskingum County Prosecutor


Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Adamsville Man Confesses Guilt to Drug Charges

An Adamsville resident confessed to illegal drug use and possession charges in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court.

Appearing before Common Pleas judge Kelly Cottrill on May 28, Dustin L. Dutro, age 38, of Adamsville, plead guilty to felony aggravated possession of drugs, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, and three counts of misdemeanor operating a vehicle while impaired.

Dutro will be sentenced at a later date.

During the early morning of January 24, Dutro called 911 but ended the call. Dispatchers were able to identify the caller as Dutro and reestablished contact with him. Claiming to have heard a gunshot while walking to his vehicle, Dutro told dispatchers that he also believed an unknown individual was in his brother’s truck and was now following him as he drove.

Law enforcement met up with Dutro as he was driving on State Route 93. Despite it being dark out at the time, Dutro did not have headlights activated. He exited the vehicle, a truck owned by his parents, and began walking around aimlessly.

Dutro told law enforcement that he believed his brother was dead and asked the officer to check on his brother.

Dutro later explained to the officer that he had used methamphetamine the previous night, adding “man, I don’t know, maybe I’m tripping.”

Without prompting, Dutro gave the officer his wallet, admitting that it contained methamphetamine. Upon search of the vehicle, a glass smoking pipe was also found.

Muskingum County Prosecuting Attorney Ron Welch says Dutro’s case demonstrates how drug use is a danger to the community at large.

“Some people believe drug use is not dangerous to anyone but the person using the drugs; however, this case illustrates the dangers to others, as well,” Prosecutor Welch said. “This defendant was out driving around while clearly under the influence of drugs. His actions put everyone driving on the road in danger as we saw with the recent motorcycle death caused by someone driving while high, no one on the road is safe when someone is driving while under the influence.”

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Adamsville Man Confesses Guilt to Drug Charges