A 40 year old Burnside man has been convicted of two counts first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Greg Dillman was found guilty by a Pulaski Circuit Court jury following a one-day trial held January 9, 2007, according to Commonwealth's Attorney Eddy F. Montgomery.
At the trial, a witness testified she purchased two 40mg Methadone wafers from Dillman outside of Mac's Village Pantry on U.S. 27 South on February 10, 2005, according to UNITE Prosecutor David L. Dalton. She said she also purchased half of an 80mg OxyContin pill from Dillman on March 24, 2005 outside of the Indoor Flea Market, also on U.S. 27 South.
A detective with Operation UNITE testified that he and officers with the Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force and the Science Hill Police Department maintained surveillance on the transactions. Additionally, a chemist with the Kentucky State Police Lab in London confirmed the drugs purchased were Methadone and OxyContin.
Dillman took the stand in his own defense. He admitted to giving the drugs to the informant for money, but claimed that he was only doing a favor for a friend. He stated that the informant had called him persistently to arrange the deals and that he had only begun giving her drugs after he began to trust her.
Dillman stated that he was not a dealer and that he had not made any money on the deals, Dalton said.
Under cross-examination from UNITE Prosecutor Dalton, Dillman was immediately caught changing his story about the facts of the February 10, 2005, buy. In addition, Dillman was forced to admit that although he claimed he was not interested in making money in drugs, that in December 2002 he had been caught possessing pseudoephedrine pills to sell to people making methamphetamine because he could get triple the price for the pills.
Finally, Dillman was forced to admit that drugs were being traded among his group of friends long before the informant came into the picture.
Following the close of evidence, Dillman, though counsel, argued to the jury that he should be found not guilty because he was entrapped into selling the drugs.
After 34 minutes of deliberation the jury rejected that defense and convicted Dillman on both counts of drug trafficking.
Following a sentencing hearing, the jury recommended 12 years imprisonment.
Pulaski Circuit Judge David Tapp ordered Dillman into custody and set the sentencing hearing for February 2 at 10:30 in Pulaski Circuit Court.
Montgomery indicated that the LCADTF investigated the case and that it was prosecuted under Operation UNITE's prosecutor¹s initiative.
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In 2003, Fifth District Congressman Harold ³Hal² Rogers (R-Somerset) worked to create Operation UNITE, a regional anti-drug initiative empowering citizens groups and community leaders in 29 southern and eastern Kentucky counties. UNITE, which stands for Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment & Education, seeks to fight the drug epidemic by expanding drug awareness and education programs to keep people from using drugs; coordinating drug treatment and outreach programs for those who are already addicted; and operating regional undercover law enforcement task forces for interdiction and prosecution of those dealing drugs. Rogers has directed
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