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Ravenna meth cook gets $5,000 fine probation

By DAVE O'BRIEN Staff Writer Published: March 21, 2017 4:00 AM
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A Ravenna man caught making methamphetamine in a residential neighborhood on the city's east side in September 2016 has been sentenced to four years probation and hit with a $5,000 fine.

Steven A. Stein, 58, of 308 Bryn Mawr St., was sentenced March 13 by Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman.

Stein, who pleaded guilty in December 2016 to one count each of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony, and aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, will be required to undergo a substance abuse evaluation, find and keep a full-time job throughout his probation, attend two substance abuse recovery meetings per week for one year and continue counseling through Coleman Professional Services, according to Pittman's orders.

His driver's license was suspended for one year, with privileges, and he was also ordered to pay $260 in court costs, according to court records.

The Portage County Drug Task Force, investigating "numerous" complaints of illegal drug activity in the area, began surveillance on Stein's home in fall 2016. A search warrant executed on Sept. 7, 2016, uncovered chemicals, finished product and related drug paraphernalia, Portage County Sheriff David Doak said at the time.

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During surveillance, agents saw an Atwater man drop off another person at Stein's apartment, where illegal drugs were exchanged, according to the drug task force.

Fred Cox, 48, of Atwater, later admitted to accepting drugs in exchange for giving the other person a ride. He pleaded no contest in September 2016 to endangering children, a first-degree misdemeanor, for having a 2-year-old girl with him in his car when he went to pick up the drugs.

Cox was given a suspended jail sentence, a $250 fine and nine months probation.

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redleg6 Mar 21, 2017 1:27 PM

From above:..will be required to undergo a substance abuse evaluation......

How can the Judge with the Agenda, sentence Stein to "attend two substance abuse recovery meetings per week for one year and continue counseling through Coleman Professional Services", ...

Without the Knowledge of what the Substance Abuse Evaluation will reveal about Stein..???

I guess the Judge wants to make sure the Shrinks get their FAIR SHARE of the $$$$$.

There is LOTS of CASH to be made from the AGENDA..!!!