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Drug treatment ordered in cocaine dealing case

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published: December 23, 2012 4:00 AM

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.

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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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Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

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anonymous Dec 25, 2012 12:04 AM

Why is the record courier blocking out the screen name "CENTS"? Apparently cents makes alot of sense and it is getting the goat of the powers to be!!!! There will be something coming for all!!!!!! and it will make alot of CENTS!!!!!!!!!!!

anonymous Dec 24, 2012 6:51 PM

Sadly, I miss all the lolipop posts. EVERYONE knew they were true.

Censureship is alive and well here in Portage Co.

I think the powers to be put pressure on the RC and they caved in.

anonymous Dec 23, 2012 10:20 PM

Hey folks, apparently LOLLIPOP got her message through! The record courier has blocked their messages. I liked the good reading, but unfortunately the truth was hurting the powers to be! Stay tuned, more to come, from what ima hearin!