A Bainbridge man was sentenced to eight months in prison after pleading guilty to possessing drugs, drug instruments, and drug paraphernalia on Monday morning in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas.
Jason E. Louk, 41, of Bainbridge, was indicted in April on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree, one count of possession of drug abuse instruments, a misdemeanor of the first degree, and one count of illegal possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.
According to Washington City police officer Matthew Pfeifer’s report, on Feb.27 Pfeifer initiated a traffic stop after observing a vehicle traveling westbound on East Market Street with only one headlight. Louk was identified as the front seat passenger and arrested on an outstanding municipal court bench warrant.
According to Pfeifer’s report, during the search following Louk’s arrest, a blue metal pill container was located on Louk’s person that contained a cellophane baggy containing a white substance which was then field tested for methamphetamine.
The driver of the vehicle was asked for consent to search the vehicle. A Fayette County Sheriff’s Office deputy took his K-9 Dexi around the vehicle, and Dexi identified possible drugs on the passenger side door, reports said. The passenger was then asked to exit the vehicle.
Drugs were found on both the driver and the passenger, as well as Louk. Pfeifer’s report stated that during the vehicle search, a grocery bag was located on the floor board where Louk had been sitting. The bag contained clothing, cellophane baggies containing coffee filters — one filter containing white residue, and a plastic case containing two used hypodermic needles.
Louk was sentenced to eight months for count one, 180 days for count two to be served in the Fayette County Jail, and 30 days to be served in the Fayette County Jail. The sentences for counts two and three are to be served concurrently with the sentence for count one.
Louk may be subject to a period of up to three years with the Adult Parole Authority after his release from prison. The Court ordered that his driver’s license be suspended for a period of six months.
Louk is ordered to pay the costs of prosecution.