A Washington C.H. man was sentenced to a three-year prison term this week in Fayette County Common Pleas Court after pleading guilty to multiple drug trafficking charges.
In the first case stemming from an incident that occurred Feb. 27, Donald Z. Carson, 38, of 1019 S. Hinde St., pleaded guilty to trafficking in cocaine, a fourth-degree felony; aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony; and endangering children, a first-degree misdemeanor. On this case, Carson was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison by Judge Steven Beathard as part of an agreed sentenced with the Fayette County Prosecutor’s Office.
Carson also agreed to the forfeiture of $581 in cash to the City of Washington Court House.
At around 1 a.m. Feb. 27, a Washington Police Department officer spotted a vehicle parked at the rear of a Washington Avenue residence where there had been numerous complaints of drug activity and a recent drug overdose. Officer Derek Pfeifer observed a man get into the vehicle and depart the residence, according to reports.
While turning onto South Elm Street, the driver reportedly made the turn wide, drove left of center and proceeded northbound on South Elm while driving on the center dividing line. Pfeifer made a traffic stop on the vehicle and identified the driver as Carson. Two juveniles were reportedly inside the vehicle.
Pfeifer informed Carson that he was going to search the vehicle due to the odor of burnt marijuana and asked all of the occupants to step outside. As the front passenger seat door opened, Pfeifer said he observed a small Crown Royal bag on the floorboard between the seat and the door.
According to reports, the bag contained four plastic baggies, each containing a suspected illegal narcotic that later field tested positive for meth, crack cocaine, heroin and marijuana. Eight small snap-seal baggies were also located that contained approximately .3 grams of crack cocaine each, police said. Seven more empty baggies were also located.
In the second case against Carson, he pleaded guilty to trafficking in drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony.
Carson was sentenced to serve 18 months in prison on this case as well, and Judge Beathard ordered the two cases to be served consecutively for a total of three years in prison.
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