A former Rootstown High School student caught giving prescription drugs to female students in December 2015 has been granted court-ordered drug treatment by a judge.
Jason L. Sadler, 19, now of Cuyahoga Falls, was sentenced Oct. 11 in Portage County Common Pleas Court. Finding that drug dependence led him to commit the crimes, Judge Laurie Pittman granted Sadler intervention in lieu of conviction.
He now must successfully complete a substance abuse treatment program overseen by the Portage County Adult Probation Department for one year. During that time, he may not consume alcohol or illegal drugs, must submit to random drug tests, attend in-patient counseling and two recovery meetings per week, Pittman ruled. If he follows all the judge's orders, the felony charges against him may be dismissed.
Sadler also forfeited $450 in profits from illegal drug sales to the Portage County Drug Task Force. He pleaded guilty in June to one count each of trafficking in drugs and trafficking in marijuana, both fifth-degree felonies.
Sadler and a 17-year-old female Rootstown High School student were charged with giving the anti-anxiety medication Xanax to two other female students on Dec. 15, 2015. The girls, ages 14 and 15, had negative reactions to the drugs and had to be checked out by EMS personnel.
Drug task force agents identified Sadler, the girl and 20-year-old Tarren R. Lowell as having sold drugs to students. Agents raided Lowell's house at 3969 S.R. 44 in February, where they found he had illegally been importing marijuana from California for sale here. More than $15,300 in cash, drug paraphernalia and a semiautomatic rifle also were seized.
Lowell pleaded guilty to trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony, and was sentenced in June by Pittman to four years probation, fined and ordered to forfeit the cash and the gun. He has since moved to California, according to court records.
Charges against the 17-year-old were transferred to Portage County Juvenile Court.
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