NEW LEXINGTON — Perry County Sheriff William Barker provided information on Tuesday, June 23, involving a past suspect who was charged with felony counts of drug trafficking and other crimes.

On June 18, William “Bronco” Layne pled guilty to drug trafficking as well as manufacturing and was sentenced eight to 12 years in prison. He was also ordered to forfeit his 2002 Chevy Impala, which he used to transport drugs from Columbus, to Perry County for distribution purposes.

Once given his sentencing, he was taken into the custody by the Perry County Sheriff’s deputies and is waiting to be transferred to prison.

His wife, Candace A. Layne, also pled guilty to charges, and is now waiting for her sentencing hearing scheduled for July 13. She will go before Perry County Common Pleas Court Judge Tina Boyer.

On Oct. 9 2019, Central Ohio Drug Enforcement (CODE) Task Force narcotics investigators conducted a search warrant at a residence located at 5975 Pen Road in the Village of Junction City.

The result of the executed search warrant saw “Bronco” Layne getting arrested by CODE officers. The 53-year-old and his wife, 48-year-old Candace A Layne, were charged with “several” felony counts of drug trafficking, manufacturing as well as possession.

The charges, according to the Perry County Sheriff’s Office, stemmed from an investigation operated by the CODE Task Force. The officers were able to pinpoint Layne’s home as a source location where large amounts of methamphetamine and heroin were being distributed.

In October, The Perry County Tribune reported the initial apprehension of Bronco Layne in a story that was published on Oct. 19, 2019. Candace was arrested with Bronco Layne for alleged drug possession along with permitting drug abuse to happen at the Pen Road residence, allowing the sale of drugs to take place.

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