Pair of Kent drug dealers get jail time, probation, fines for May 2012 incidents

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

Two men arrested by the Portage County Drug Task Force after selling heroin, cocaine and marijuana to undercover agents and getting caught in possession of additional drugs including methamphetamine in May 2012 have been sentenced to probation.

Cody E. Belford, 25, of 551 Franklin Ave., Kent, was sentenced by Portage County Common Pleas Judge John Enlow on March 4 to three years' probation after pleading guilty in December to one count each of trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine and possession of methamphetamine, all fifth-degree felonies.

Belford was ordered to submit to random drug and alcohol tests, get a mental health evaluation and find a full-time job. He was ordered to pay $200 restitution to the drug task force and his driver's license was suspended for six months.

Asking for probation for his client, defense attorney George Keith reminded Enlow that the charges were all non-violent fifth-degree felonies with "no aggravating circumstances."

The drug task force raided Belford's residence on May 3, 2012, after an undercover investigation into the sale of heroin and cocaine both there and in the Indian Valley apartment complex off S.R. 261 in Kent.

Also caught up in the operation was Michael R. Albaugh, 42, formerly of 1035 Gardenview St. in Kent. On Monday , Judge Laurie Pittman sentenced him to 27 days in the Portage County jail, with work release privileges, starting Sunday. He also was placed on five years probation, ordered to find a full-time job within six months and fined $350.

Pittman also ordered Albaugh to pay a total of $2,010 in restitution to two victims. Albaugh pleaded guilty in January to one count each of trafficking in cocaine, a fourth-degree felony, and forgery, a fifth-degree felony. He was charged with selling between five and 10 grams of cocaine to undercover drug agents.

and using a Kent woman's credit card to make purchases at a Sheetz gas station in Kent on Aug. 28, 2012, according to court records.

A third man arrested as a result of the undercover operation, Arthur E. Davis, 24, of Streetsboro, was sentenced to three years probation, ordered to forfeit approximately $950 to the drug task force and had his driver's license suspended by Enlow in January after pleading guilty to felony trafficking in heroin and marijuana and possession of heroin. He was arrested after selling the drugs to undercover drug task force agents five times between September 2011 and May 2012, according to court records.

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