WASHINGTON C.H. — A 24-year-old Washington C.H. man who reportedly trafficked $700 worth of narcotics a day was sent to prison Monday for one year on a charge of trafficking methamphetamine.
Dallas M. Whaley was transferred Monday by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office from the Fayette County Jail to appear in court with his attorney before Fayette County Common Pleas Court Judge Steven Beathard.
Whaley plead guilty to aggravated trafficking in drugs, methamphetamine (in an amount less than bulk), a fourth-degree felony. A fifth-degree felony drug possession charge was dismissed by the state of Ohio.
The Washington Police Department raided Whaley’s residence at 314 Hopkins St. Sept. 22. Whaley was located in the bedroom at the rear of the residence.
Assistant Fayette County Prosecutor Sean Abbott said Whaley screamed, “It’s in my pocket, it’s in my pocket,” as officers entered the room.
Two baggies of powder were found in Whaley’s pocket, a third baggie on the mattress in the bedroom, and a fourth bag was found in the room.
According to reports, after he was read his Miranda rights at the time of the search, Whaley told officers that he sold $700 worth of narcotics a day.
Abbott reiterated that statement to the court during the hearing Monday.
The $547.72 in Whaley’s wallet at the time of the raid was forfeited to the court costs during Monday’s hearing. The remainder of the forfeiture will be allocated to the state of Ohio, Beathard said.
An additional $120 in cash was reportedly found under the bedroom mattress but it was not forfeited during Monday’s hearing, according to the court records.
Whaley was credited with 61 days of jail time for which he was held on the charges in the Fayette County Jail.
Beathard said Whaley may be supervised upon release from prison under three years of discretionary post-release control by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. This carries the possibility of a sentencing enhancement if Whaley was to commit another felony during the three-year period, said Beathard.
During court Monday, Whaley said he was currently serving time in the Fayette County Jail for a probation violation filed in the Washington Municipal Court.
Records in the court state Whaley was sentenced on a charge of theft, a first-degree misdemeanor, and ordered to be supervised on community control. Following his residence being raided, the municipal court revoked his community control for a probation violation.
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