The Washington Avenue man who trafficked heroin in Washington C.H. was sentenced to 30 days in the Fayette County Jail Monday.
Thirty-six-year-old Larry Young is one of nine people indicted last year in a county-wide criminal investigation.
Young plead guilty to heroin drug trafficking, a felony of the fourth degree, Jan. 17 and a pre-sentencing investigation was ordered by Steven Beathard, Fayette County Court of Common Pleas Judge.
A report from the pre-sentence investigation was shared during the court hearing Monday among Beathard, the state’s prosecutors and Young and his defense attorney, Steven Eckstein.
The report confirmed that Young has been attending individual counseling at Fayette Recovery, and in drug tests consistently tested positive for oxycodone, a synthetic heroin, while he was out of jail on bond.
According to the report, Young had been telling people that his current oxycodone use was from a prescription, but the court determined he had no current prescription for oxycodone. The last prescription Young had for oxycodone was for three prescriptions between the dates of July 15 and July 31, 2016.
“He had 54 oxys last summer and he’s carrying around this prescription like it’s the gospel,” said Beathard. “I know that none of those pills are still around.”
Eckstein said, “Mr. Young has been attending Fayette Recovery and he’s indicated to me that he’s on the right path.”
“He’s on the right path — but he’s still positive of oxys,” said Beathard.
Young told the court that he began trafficking heroin in Washington C.H. to support his own addiction and that he realizes what he did [trafficking] was wrong.
“We have to get you off the opiates. You have to get off of them,” said Beathard.
Because Young had no prior criminal history, the felony of the fourth degree, trafficking in drugs, is punishable by mandatory community control, according to the sentencing parameters that have been established by the legislature in the state of Ohio.
“F-4 trafficking has to be punished locally,” said Beathard. “Fayette County has to supervise you.”
Young received a sentence of 30 days in the Fayette County Jail where he will detox from oxycodone, a two-year community control sentence under supervision of the Fayette County Adult Probation Office, and was ordered to complete treatment and counseling at Fayette Recovery.
According to court records, a confidential informant working undercover with detectives from the U.S. 23 Major Crimes Task Force and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office purchased heroin from Young .
The eight other defendants charged in the investigation have plead to their charges and received sentences or are awaiting sentencing: Sean K. McKittrick, Alissa K. Bonecutter, Carla A. Doctor, Rita F. Groves, Raymond E. Baker, Albert L. Francis, Jr., Derrick Thomas, and Nathanial Stroud.
Young was placed in the custody of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office following his hearing to commence his jail sentence in the Fayette County Jail.
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