NEW LEXINGTON — The Perry County Sheriff’s Office released information regarding the indictment of a New Lexington male who was involved in an incident on Oct. 30. Dustin Edward Groff, of New Lexington, was indicted by the Perry County Grand Jury with multiple felony charges.
Groff was indicted based on his alleged behavior that subsequently led to the death of 35-year-old Megan Lyons who was a resident of Somerset. On May 4 at around 8:35 p.m., Perry County Sheriff’s deputies as well as the Somerset EMS were dispatched to address of 3965 Township Road 124 NE in Somerset. The emergency call was for a reported overdose.
The first responders administered lifesaving measures for Lyons who was then taken by the EMS personnel to the Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster. Lyons would eventually pass away days after being admitted into the medical center.
At the scene of the incident, Perry County Sheriff’s deputies found fentanyl as well as other drug paraphernalia components in the bathroom of the residence. The Fairfield County Coroner’s office ruled that the 35-year-old woman from Somerset died as a result of a drug overdose.
An investigation was filed and conducted by the Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force which subsequently led to the indictment of Groff. He is alleged to have sold fentanyl to Lyons, which ultimately resulted in her death.
Charges on Groff include one count of trafficking heroin, a felony in the second degree; two counts of trafficking drugs, felonies in the fourth and fifth degree; corrupting another with drugs, a felony in the second degree; involuntary manslaughter, a felony in the first degree; and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a felony in the first degree.
Groff’s case trial is scheduled for Dec. 9 at the Perry County Common Pleas Court with Judge Tina Boyer presiding. Groff is being held on a $500,000 cash bond.
He is currently incarcerated at the Southeastern Correctional Institution in Lancaster on attempted retaliation charges. With this case, he was found guilty of attempting to solicit one other inmate who was also incarcerated in another correctional facility to assault a witness who was cooperating with authorities in the Lyons' death investigation.