Muskingum County Prosecutor
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Thursday, February 16, 2023
Major drug dealer sentenced to 20 years in prison
A 44-year-old Zanesville man was sentenced to 20 years in prison as a major drug offender for crimes he committed in Muskingum County.
David Giamarco pleaded guilty to two first-degree felony counts of trafficking fentanyl, one first-degree felony count of trafficking methamphetamine, one first-degree felony count of trafficking cocaine, one second-degree felony count of Illegal manufacture of drugs, one fifth-degree felony count of permitting drug abuse, and two third-degree felony counts of having weapons while under disability.
According to detectives with the Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force (CODE), Giamarco became the target of their investigation after receiving complaints of drug activity at his properties on Moxahala Avenue and Ontario Street in Zanesville.
In late August, police stopped Giamarco while driving on Pine Street. The deputy smelled marijuana in the car and found $2,000 in the defendant’s pocket, as well as another $8,500 in a duffle bag. Giamarco was released with a written warning while detectives built the case.
A confidential informant working with the task force arranged a transaction with Giamarco to purchase fentanyl and crack cocaine.
In November, the informant met Giamarco at a Linden Avenue business to purchase the drugs for $300.
One week later, another purchase was arranged, this time in the amount of $600.
Giamarco led the confidential informant to his house on Moxahala Avenue for that exchange, which was recorded on video.
For days, detectives observed activity at Giamarco’s drug houses, which included a pattern of short-term visits from various vehicles at both houses.
In December, detectives, along with the Special Response Team, executed search warrants at the Moxahala Avenue and Ontario Street Locations.
More than 800 grams of methamphetamine, 100 grams of cocaine and 1,000 grams of fentanyl were found during the searches, in addition to instruments for drug sales and production.
Detectives seized four vehicles, cash and filed to seize both parcels of real estate.
Also facing charges in this case are Kylee Roberts, the owner of 120 Ontario St. and Giamarco’s girlfriend, as well as the owners of 1243 Moxahala Ave., Katrina and Richard Mayle.
“The prosecution of Mr. Giamarco started with tips from concerned citizens and was delivered as a rock-solid case by our Zanesville/Muskingum County Drug Unit detectives, Assistant Prosecutor John Litle said. “Given the sentences handed out to drug dealers in this county, it is almost inconceivable that someone would return here to commit more crime. Mr. Giamarco’s sentence is the second twenty-year sentence handed out to a repeat offender in the last few months.”
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