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BOWLING GREEN — A former Lima Central Catholic basketball star inducted into the school's Hall of Fame this year had a pretrial scheduled Tuesday in his felony drug case.

Anthony D. Hutchins, 40, of Columbus, is charged with aggravated possession of drugs, a second-degree felony; aggravated trafficking in drugs, a second-degree felony; aggravated possession of drugs, a third-degree felony; aggravated trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony; and possessing criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

The results from his pretrial were unavailable late Tuesday. Calls to the judge and prosecutor's office to obtain information were unsuccessful.

Hutchins pleaded not guilty April 1 to the charges, which are filed in Wood County Common Pleas Court. The charges carry a maximum prison sentence of 23 years.

Hutchins was stopped on Interstate 75 driving south at 1:06 a.m. March 4, said Lt. Bill Stidham of the Ohio State Highway Patrol investigative unit at district headquarters.

Hutchins was stopped in Perrysburg for speeding but a trooper searched the car after smelling marijuana, officials said. During the stop a trooper found him in possession of 362 oxycontin and oxymorphone pills, Stidham said.

The trooper also confiscated an undisclosed amount of cash, Stidham said. A passenger in the car with Hutchins was not charged.

Hutchins also had a small amount of marijuana inside the car, which would be a minor misdemeanor, Stidham said.

Hutchins finished his LCC basketball career as the fourth leading scorer and led the Thunderbirds to two state tournament appearances, was a member of the 1989 state champion 400-meter relay team. His athletic abilities earned him a scholarship to Walsh University. Hutchins was a 1992 graduate of LCC.

Hutchins was inducted into the LCC Hall of Fame this year and was honored during a basketball game and at an awards banquet in February.

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