Schultz Appears On Local Charges

WHEELING – Brian Schultz was arraigned for state violations of fighting with police officers via video conference Tuesday as he sat in the Northern Regional Jail, a day after being indicted on federal charges for his involvement in an alleged prescription pill ring.

Magistrate Joe Roxby ar-raigned Schultz, 37, of Triadelphia, on four misdemeanor state charges stemming from a Jan. 27 altercation he had with a sheriff’s deputy and a state trooper. A sheriff’s department report said Schultz stuck a box cutter blade into his own chest two days following his release from federal custody and then fought with officers attempting to help him.

Roxby set bond at $2,000 each for two charges of obstructing and two charges of battery on an officer. A magistrate court official said the case will be forwarded to the Magistrate Court Clerk’s office where it will be assigned to one of four magistrates and then scheduled for trial.

“We are booking cases into April so it will be several weeks before this case gets scheduled,” she said.

Prosecutor Scott Smith said he will wait until after Schultz has his day in federal court before proceeding with state charges.

“Mr. Schultz’s problems in the federal system are obviously more serious than they are in state court,” Smith said. “In all likelihood, I will wait until the federal case is resolved before deciding how to proceed on the state level.”

Misdemeanor obstructing charges carry a potential penalty of not more than one year in jail and/or a fine up to $500.

Battery on an officers can lead to a fine of up to $500 and jail from one month to a year.

Chris Zumpetta-Parr, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office, said prosecutorial priority will be determined by the dates the cases are scheduled into the respective courts.

Schultz is facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted of conspiracy to distribute Schedule II & III controlled substances, conspiracy to engage in interstate travel in aid of racketeering, interstate travel in aid of racketeering, possession with intent to distribute buprenorphine and maintaining a drug-involved premise.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfield II said Schultz is alleged to be the leader of a group that received oxycodone and other prescription drugs from suppliers in northern Ohio and Detroit, Michigan and then redistributed them in the Ohio Valley.

An 83-count indictment announced Monday names Schultz and 14 other area people as being involved in interstate drug ring trafficking tens of thousands of pain pills, cocaine and other drugs.

As Schultz awaits court proceedings, the U.S. Marshal Service will pay for his incarceration, according to a Northern Regional Jail official.