A 46-year-old Washington C.H. man was sentenced to six years in prison recently on three separate cases. Paul Wesley Harris plead guilty in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas Feb. 7 to a combined total of 11 felony charges.
Five of those felony charges stemmed from a search warrant that was executed at his home by agents from the U.S. 23 Major Crimes Task Force, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and the Sheriff’s Tactically Armed Response (S.T.A.R.) Team.
The drug raid was carried out Oct. 27, 2016 at Harris’s home on Greensview Lane. A Fayette County grand jury indictment was handed down to Harris Nov. 17 for trafficking in heroin, a felony of the fifth degree, trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fourth degree, two counts of trafficking in heroin, felonies of the fifth degree, and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a felony of the first degree.
Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth said detectives recovered substances that were presumptively identified as heroin and methamphetamine, and articles of paraphernalia during the executed search.
Harris received a three-year sentence on one charge of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a felony of the first degree, that resulted from the drug-trafficking investigation at his Greensview Lane home.
He was charged on a total of 11 felony crimes, though, with two additional cases brought against him: While appearing for the drug-trafficking case, Harris additionally plead guilty to three felony charges of non-support of dependents and charges from another drug investigation case that amounted to aggravated trafficking in drugs, trafficking in heroin, and trafficking a controlled substance.
He is currently imprisoned at Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio.
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