Fake drugs leads to real time
By Jane Beathard
The heroin was fake, but the prison time it earned is real.
Cortney J. Freeman, 20, of South Solon, was sentenced on Friday to 15 months behind bars for selling drugs to an undercover police informant in May 2012.
Freeman pleaded guilty in Madison County Common Pleas Court in November to selling the painkiller Percocet on May 16 and heroin on May 30. Both transactions took place in the parking lots of West Jefferson businesses.
Five of six heroin balls she delivered on May 30 turned out to be melted rubber in an apparent attempt to scam the informant out of cash. However, a sixth contained the drug, assistant county prosecutor Eamon Costello said.
Ohio law recognizes no difference between selling fake and real illicit drugs.
A pre-sentence investigation showed Freeman began using illegal drugs at age 12. At one point, she earned $1,000 per night as an exotic dancer to support her addiction, Judge Robert D. Nichols said.
Freeman was arrested in September as part of a “sweep” of local dealers by the local drug task force.
She was free on bond in January when she allegedly participated in a theft of guns from a London resident. She was jailed, but has not been charged in that incident.
Also on Friday, Courtney A. Coy, 30, was sentenced to two years of community control for stealing jewelry and cash from a family member between July 11 and Aug. 3, 2012.
Coy’s husband, Bruce Coy, 36, was a co-defendant in the case. He is currently serving a community control sentence.
Nichols also ordered the woman and her husband to make $1,900 in restitution to the victim.
Coy pleaded guilty to the fifth-degree felony in November. A pre-sentence investigation showed she pawned the stolen jewelry to support the couple’s opiate habits.
On Friday, Coy told Nichols she is now drug free and separated from her husband.