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Man pleads guilty to selling counterfeit crack

Three other defendants were sentenced on drug and drug-related charges this week in Logan County Common Pleas Court.

Justin White, 21, of Bellefontaine, was granted intervention in lieu of conviction after pleading guilty to offenses involving selling counterfeit substances and trafficking in drugs.

The defendant sold crack cocaine and a block of chalk he passed off as cocaine to a confidential informant last year.

The first $25 purchase Mr. White made to the informant turned out to be chalk when it was tested at a state crime lab, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Eric Stewart said. A few weeks later, Mr. Stewart said, the defendant sold $35 worth of crack for just $25 to make up for the “fake dope,” Mr. Stewart said, quoting from a recording taken during from the drug buy.

Brandon Lee, 25, of DeGraff, was sentenced to 60 days in the Logan County Jail, five years’ community control and was ordered to pay court costs and attorney fees for theft.

Mr. Lee said he has made full restitution to his brother after stealing his wallet and charging more than $200 to his credit cards.

The defendant said in court he purchased cigarettes to trade for drugs.

“I’m not making excuses, but I was on drugs at the time,” Mr. Lee said.

Others sentenced:

• Donovan Boddie, 26, of Bellefontaine, 11 months in prison and a one-year license suspension for trafficking in drugs; and

• Chase Whiting, 21, of Bellefontaine, 87 days in jail, five years’ community control, the probation incentive program and ordered to pay a $500 fine, court costs and attorney fees for assault on a police officer and domestic violence.

The Third District Court of Appeals upheld the jury verdict and sentence of Daniel May. Mr. May was convicted of domestic violence by a jury in September 2011 and was sentence to three years and six months in prison.

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