London man Jesse Strickland sentenced to prison for using juvenile in drug transactions

By Brandon Semler -

Jesse Strickland

Jesse Strickland

A London man was sentenced to three and-a-half years in prison Wednesday after using a juvenile to complete drug transactions.

Jesse Strickland, 31, pleaded guilty to aggravated drug possession, drug trafficking and complicity to drug trafficking — all felony charges.

Two charges of corrupting another with drugs were dropped in the plea agreement.

Strickland previously pleaded guilty to different charges, but his attorney, Tony Buscemi, told the court that his client was not properly informed of the mandatory prison time that one of the charges required.

The previous guilty plea was withdrawn Wednesday, and a new guilty plea was entered.

Both Buscemi and assistant county prosecutor Nick Adkins agreed on a prison sentence of three years and six months, which was imposed by Judge Eamon Costello.

Strickland was charged for two incidents in March, according to Adkins.

The first took place March 13, when Strickland sold heroin to a confidential informant working for the Madison County Major Crimes Unit. The transaction took place about 3 p.m. near the London One-Stop on South Main Street.

The second took place March 18, when Strickland organized a transaction of Oxycodone and used a juvenile to sell the drugs. Later in the afternoon, he was stopped by London police on West High Street and South Madison Road, and found in possession of Oxycodone.

The juvenile involved in the previous transaction was with him in the vehicle, and possessed heroin. She is also the mother of Strickland’s child, it was previously revealed in court.

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By Brandon Semler

Brandon Semler can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615 or via Twitter @BrandonSemler.

Brandon Semler can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615 or via Twitter @BrandonSemler.