Two placed on community control for drug possession


By Nick Walton - nwalton@civitasmedia.com



Two people charged following a drug raid from earlier this year were placed on community control last week.

John P. Long and Heidi S. Long were both placed on community control for three years in relation to drug possession charges from a February drug raid.

On Feb. 25, the Urbana Police Division conducted a raid at 986 Terry Lane, the apartment of the Longs. Police recovered evidence of heroin, Suboxone, various prescription pills, marijuana and various drug paraphernalia.

Mr. Long, 28, pleaded guilty to felony charges of possession of heroin, possession of drugs, trafficking in drugs with a specification for forfeiture of a cell phone in a drug case in addition to misdemeanor charges of possessing drug abuse instruments and endangering children on April 18.

He was sentenced on May 16. As part of community control Mr. Long was ordered to gain admission to and complete the West Central Community Based Correctional Facility residential program and comply with cognitive behavior counseling and medication-assisted treatment programming to assist his rehabilitation for opiate dependency.

Among some of the other community control conditions, Mr. Long was ordered to obtain and maintain employment and had his driver’s license suspended for six months.

If community control is revoked, Mr. Long faces a 22-month prison sentence.

Ms. Long, 28, pleaded guilty to felony charges of possession of heroin, possession of drugs, possession of dangerous drugs and a misdemeanor endangering children charge on April 20.

She was sentenced on Friday. As part of community control Ms. Long was ordered to gain admission to and complete the West Central Community Based Correctional Facility residential program and comply with cognitive behavior counseling and medication-assisted treatment programming to assist her rehabilitation for opiate dependency.

Ms. Long was also ordered to obtain and maintain employment and had her driver’s license suspended for six months.

If community control is revoked, Ms. Long faces a 21-month prison sentence.

The court ordered both co-defendants to have no contact with specific individuals including each other.

Man to serve jail time for drug trafficking

A man who pleaded guilty to trafficking drugs will serve part of a five-year community control sentence in the Tri-County Regional Jail, Mechanicsburg.

Cecil R. Farmer, 56, will serve the first 90 days of community control in jail after he was sentenced on Friday.

Farmer pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and a misdemeanor permitting drug abuse charge on April 18 stemming from conduct on Jan. 23 and 24.

Urbana police were investigating a disturbance over a reported theft of drugs case on Jan. 24 when two men being interviewed began experiencing severe medical issues.

Using information gathered from the interviews with the two men, police sought a search warrant for Farmer’s residence. During their search, police recovered evidence of methamphetamine and prescription pills inside the residence.

The grand jury indictment contended that Farmer provided methamphetamine to Shawn M. Blackburn and Josiah D. Thrasher.

Blackburn and Thrasher were both sent to prison in March for more than two-and-a-half years for conduct in two drug offense cases including Farmer’s case.

As part of community control, Farmer was also ordered to obtain an assessment from and successfully complete any programming ordered by the West Central Probation Incentive Program after his release from jail, completed 150 hours of community service by Dec. 24 and can not have contact with Blackburn and Thrasher.

Farmer was also ordered to not receive guests or invite guests to his residence outside of court ordered exceptions until May 28, 2018. His driver’s license was suspended for six months and he was fined $650.

If community control is revoked Farmer faces a 22-month prison sentence.

By Nick Walton

nwalton@civitasmedia.com

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.