Accused heroin traffickers plead guilty

Accused heroin dealer Gary Schmid is now an admitted heroin dealer.
Schmid pleaded guilty to two counts of Trafficking in Heroin in Brown County Common Pleas Court on April 25.  Both charges are second degree felonies.
Schmid will be sentenced by Brown County Common Pleas Judge Scott Gusweiler on May 4.  He faces a maximum of 16 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.
Schmid will be sentenced May 4.  He is also facing an additional 494 days in prison as the result of a prior conviction.
The Brown County Prosecutor’s Office is also asking Gusweiler to order Schmid to surrender four guns, two cars and $59,920 in cash to the Brown County Drug and Major Crimes Task Force.
The cars are a 2011 BMW and a 2007 Audi.
Schmid’s live-in girlfriend Stanyell Chancellor also pleaded  guilty on April 25 to one count of second degree Trafficking in Heroin.
Gusweiler sentenced her immediately after her plea to two years in prison. He also ordered the same guns, cars and cash seized from her as from Schmid.
“With these pleas from Schmid and Chancellor, it is a victory for law enforcement and the citizens of Brown County and other areas that were being serviced by Gary Schmid,” said Brown County Prosecuting Attorney Zac Corbin.
Corbin added that Schmid made it clear to him that he did not regret his drug dealing.
“Schmid was questioned on the day of his arrest by authorities.  He was bragging about his customers in Brown County.  He said he had about 40 customers in the county and that they just loved him.  He was bragging about the money he makes killing people.  He and people like him see ruining lives as a profitable business.  That just makes it all the more satisfying that he will be spending the next decade plus behind bars,” Corbin said.
Regarding Chancellor, Corbin said that she may not have been actually dealing heroin, but she did commit a crime.
“She did not have the criminal history that Schmid had, she did not have the full involvement that he had, but she knew what was going on.  She enabled him and she’s going away for a couple of years because of that,” Corbin said.
“If you are providing drug dealers with places to live or transportation while you know what they are doing, you are committing a crime too.”
Corbin also said that the task force was already working on other targets.
“We have other investigations going on where we are looking at other chains of suppliers.  We are going to continue to do what we do to make it incredibly for these people to deal drugs in Brown County as possible.  We will eventually find them and prosecute them,” he said.
Corbin also took the opportunity to thank everyone involved in the Schmid and Chancellor investigation as well as others who are working similar cases.
“I would like to express my appreciation to all law enforcement in the county and elsewhere that work tirelessly to combat this epidemic.  It truly takes everyone working together on this problem to make progress.  Brown County should be proud of what its law enforcement was able to accomplish here,” Corbin said.
Schmid was originally charged with ten counts, including a first degree felony charge of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity.  His other charges included two counts of Trafficking in Heroin and one count of Possession of Heroin, both second degree felonies.
He also faced felony charges of Tampering With Evidence, Having Weapons While Under Disability which were both third degree felonies, a fourth degree felony count of Trafficking in Drugs, two counts of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, and Permitting Drug Abuse, all fifth degree felonies.
Brown County Drug and Major Crimes Task Force Commander John Burke said in the February 19 edition of The Brown County Press that Schmid was responsible for 80 to 90 percent of the heroin traffic in Brown County, moving millions of dollars worth of drugs per year.