Just one day ahead of his Tuesday trial, Dayton man William L. Pointer plead guilty to trafficking drugs in Fayette County.
Pointer, 38, was scheduled for jury trial May 9 but appeared in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas Monday and plead guilty to seven felonious drug trafficking charges.
Following the plea hearing, he entered into an agreed sentence with the Fayette County Prosecutor’s Office and was sentenced to six years in prison.
For each of the four counts of trafficking in heroin, felonies of the third degree, Pointer was sentenced to one year in prison.
He received a one-year sentence for a charge of trafficking heroin, a felony of the fourth degree.
For two felony charges of the fifth degree, trafficking in heroin and trafficking in cocaine, he was sentenced to one year in prison on each count to be served concurrently.
Pointer was a suspect in a covert investigation into a Fayette County drug trafficking network. There were several drug sale transactions made in the duration of the investigation that were arranged at different locations throughout Fayette County. A majority of those locations were at private residences but there were also drug transactions recorded at Tanger Outlet Mall, Blue Stone Inn, Family Dollar and Save-A-Lot, according to reports.
Detectives with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. 23 Pipeline Major Crimes Task Force texted Pointer Oct. 10 and arranged to meet at the Tanger Outlet Mall in Jeffersonville. An undercover office was equipped with an audio transmitter, digital video recorder, and $500 in pre-recorded cash. The undercover officer purchased six grams of heroin from Pointer.
Pointer texted an undercover officer Oct. 13 to arrange a drug deal at a residence in the 1000 block of Greensview Lane in Washington Court House. At this residence, Pointer sold the undercover officer six grams of heroin and the officer paid with $500 in pre-recorded cash.
An undercover officer asked Pointer to sell six grams of heroin for $500. Pointer agreed and on Oct. 15 the undercover officer arranged for the meeting to take place in the 8000 block of Factory Shops Boulevard in Jeffersonville. Detectives observed the deal and the purchase was made with pre-recorded cash, according to the incident report.
Using pre-recorded money and audio surveillance, Pointer was recorded Oct. 19 selling seven-and-a-half grams of heroin to an undercover officer for the price of $725 at a residence in the 1000 block of Greensview Lane in Washington Court House.
The heroin purchased by the undercover officers was secured as evidence and sent to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) for testing. One package containing a light-colored grey powder was tested and found to contain fentanyl.
Pointer received a total sentence of six years in prison but during the investigation Pointer was on post-release control. His sentence will be enhanced to serve the remaining time he has from post-release control in addition to the six-year sentence.
He was given 174 days of local jail time credit for time already spent in the Fayette County Jail on the charges.
Pointer was fined $20,000 but is indigent and the fines were suspended.
It was stated on the court record that a total of $1,000 was forfeited in the case and that court costs would be ordered to be paid with the forfeiture.
Pointer was transferred to the Correctional Reception Center in Orient to commence the serving of the sentence.
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