A Cuyahoga County man has been placed on five years probation after being caught illegally selling painkillers in Streetsboro in August 2012.
Mitchell Harris Jr., 51, of Maple Heights, was sentenced Feb. 8 by Judge Laurie Pittman in Portage County Common Pleas Court. He pleaded guilty in December to one count of trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony, and faced a maximum of 18 months in prison.
Pittman ordered oversight of Harris' probation transferred to Cuyahoga County, if officials there accept it. She also ordered him to get a full-time job during probation, suspended his driver's license for one year with privileges for work, probation and counseling appointments and addiction recovery meetings if valid, and fined him $350, according to her sentencing order.
Harris and Lashaun M. Perry of Garfield Heights, were caught making a drug deal involving 85 pills of prescription Vicodin in the parking lot of a Streetsboro business on Aug. 28, 2012. Portage County Drug Task Force agents had the area under surveillance and saw Harris and Perry make the deal before swooping in and arresting them, Portage County Sheriff David Doak said.
Perry, 38, was indicted by a Portage County grand jury in October on three charges: Intimidation of a witness, a third-degree felony, trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. He pleaded guilty Dec. 13 to the intimidation and trafficking charges, and faces a minimum of probation or up to four-and-a-half years in prison when sentenced by Pittman on March 4.
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