Several Plead Guilty To Drug Trafficking

SALYERSVILLE ­ A 36-year-old Magoffin County resident will receive a 15-year prison sentence for drug trafficking under a plea agreement reached last week, according to UNITE Prosecutor David Jorjani.

Doyle Patrick, of Salyersville, agreed to plead guilty to first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and second-degree persistent felony offender charges on Thursday, February 1. He is scheduled for final sentencing on Thursday, March 15, before Magoffin County Circuit Judge Kim Childers.

If you're going to continue to break the law it¹s not going to be taken lightly, Jorjani said, noting stiff jury recommendations combined with quality cases from Operation UNITE detectives has made an impact.

Magoffin County residents are tired of seeing drug dealers walking the streets. In the last 12 months our average jury sentence for a Class C felony is nine years, Jorjani said. "With UNITE utilizing the latest technology and investigative techniques to make solid cases, plea offers look good to the defendants."

Seven other Magoffin County residents entered guilty pleas to drug-related charges on February 1. They were:

€ Timmothy Barnett, age 28, of Salyersville, pled guilty to first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Barnett is expected to be sentenced to 10 years in jail. He will serve four years and have the balance probated for five years.

€ Robert Matthew Blanton, age 31, of Salyersville, pled guilty to first-degree possession of a controlled substance. Blanton is expected to be sentenced to three years in jail probated for two years. In addition he will forfeit $3,215 in cash and one handgun to Operation UNITE.

€ Mack Brown, age 47, of Salyersville, pled guilty to first-degree possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, and third-degree possession of a controlled substance.
Brown is expected to be sentenced to five years in jail. He will serve one year and have the balance probated for five years.

€ Dawn Davis, age 25, of Salyersville, pled guilty to first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Davis is expected to be sentenced to 10 years in jail. She will serve four years and have the balance probated for five years.

€ Bridgett McGuire Miller, age 42, of Salyersville, pled guilty to two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Miller is expected to receive five years probation upon successful completion of the Magoffin County Drug Court, and an additional five years probation to run consecutive to this sentence.

€ Tony Rowe, age 32, of Salyersville, pled guilty to first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance. Rowe is expected to be sentenced to seven years in jail. He will serve five years and have the balance probated for five years.

€ Crystal McNew Salyer, age 28, of Salyersville, pled guilty to first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and first-degree conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance. Salyer is expected to be sentenced to 10 years in jail and ordered to pay $120 restitution to Operation UNITE. She will serve five years and have the balance probated for five years.

Final sentencings for all suspects is also scheduled for March 15 before Judge Childers.

For more information about Operation UNITE visit their website at www.operationunite.org .


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