A Toledo man scheduled to go to trial later next month for drug distribution will instead be serving hard time after accepting a plea bargain from the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office in court this morning.
Lake A. Gregson, 23, had been arrested Feb. 16 after members of the South Lewis County Task Force investigated him as a mid-level meth distributor, using a confidential informant to make controlled drug buys during January and February. Based on the buys and on evidence collected during his arrest, prosecutors had been seeking charges of three counts of delivery of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of explosives without a license. Gregson could have faced as much as 50 years in prison if convicted on all counts, but instead was given 40 months after pleading guilty to the first four counts today.
Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Shane O’Rourke said the plea and sentence had been drafted after negotiations between both parties and noted the three-and-a-third-year prison term was "pretty hefty" given Gregson had no previous criminal history.
Gregson’s conviction is expected to interrupt the local drug trade considerably as he had been identified as a major player in South Lewis County by investigators.His father, David A. Gregson, 48, is still expected to go to trial next week on a charge of possession of methamphetamine after investigators found meth in his bedroom during the Feb. 16 warrant service. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison.