A Nelson man who sold crack cocaine to undercover police officers last winter has been ordered to attend drug treatment, and will also have to give up his car after using to make the drug deal.
Christopher L. Bly, 33, of 10466 Knowlton Road, recently was granted drug treatment in lieu of a felony conviction by Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman. He pleaded guilty in September to one count each of trafficking in cocaine and possession of criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies.
According to court records, Pittman ruled that Bly was drug-dependent and drug usage was a factor in the offense. She ordered him to complete one year in a treatment program, to be monitored by the Portage County Adult Probation Department.
Bly also was ordered not to drink or ingest illegal drugs for one year. He will have to submit to random drug tests and attend intensive outpatient treatment three times per week.
He also was ordered to pay restitution of $100 and forfeit a 1999 Ford Taurus to the Portage County Drug Task Force.
Agents arrested Bly following a joint investigation with Garrettsville police into the alleged sale of heroin and cocaine in the Garrettsville area.
Bly sold less than a gram of crack cocaine to undercover agents in the 9100 block of S.R. 82 in Windham Township on Feb. 20, according to the drug task force.
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