The brother of Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Marvin Goodrich has been arrested for buying the ingredients for methamphetamine and delivering them to meth producers.
Gary L. Goodrich II, 37, of 611 Taylor Ave., was arrested Monday after Matt Brown, narcotics detective with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, followed a paper trail from December to March that he said showed Goodrich was buying mass amounts of pseudoephedrine from Franklin County pharmacists.
Goodrich has been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a meth precursor. The warrant for his arrest says Goodrich “assisted in manufacturing meth by supplying chemical ingredients.”
Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton says the paper trail is clear. Melton declined to comment on who was receiving the ingredients because of the ongoing investigation.
Goodrich has since been released from the Franklin County Regional Jail.
Deputy Marvin Goodrich, who says he does not socialize with his brother and only sees him at family functions, declined to comment on specifics of the case, but said, “If he’s done wrong, he needs to be punished just like everyone else.”
This is the second time this year that the Owen County Sheriff’s Department has been linked to alleged drug crimes by family relationship. The son of the sheriff and the son of a former Owen County jailer were charged with a murder in May that involved drugs.
Joshua Hammond – one of three men accused of murdering Charles Monroe over a drug deal and dumping his body off Interstate 64 in May – is the son of Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond. David Bruce II, who is facing the same charges, is the son of former Owen County jailer David Bruce and the brother of current jailer Cindy Bruce Walker.
James Simons of Grant County is the third man accused in the murder. All three have pleaded not guilty and await trial.
Monroe, 30, was beaten and strangled to death, Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland said. The three men planned to rob Monroe after buying prescription drugs from him in the Walmart parking lot on Leonardwood Drive, he said.