MIAMI COUNTY — On Tuesday, Miami County Common Pleas Judge Jeannine Pratt sentenced Erica Jones, 32, of Troy, to serve six months in Miami County Jail for two fourth degree felony possession and trafficking heroin charges and a first degree misdemeanor charge of endangering children.
Jones was one of four people who were arrested after Miami County Sheriff’s Office detectives and deputies executed a search warrant on 622 S. Union St., Troy, on June 30.
Detectives seized 30 capsules of heroin, syringes, and other paraphernalia related to the preparation and sale of heroin.
Jones’ then 10 month-old child was present during the raid.
Jones pleaded guilty to the charges with a plea agreement with the state to drop the third degree felony tampering with evidence charge and second degree misdemeanor obstructing justice.
Jones’ attorney John Herndon said Jones has struggled with drug addiction for the last four years and asked for community control to allow her to seek counseling services.
Judge Pratt noted that Jones should have sought in-patient drug counseling services and secured a full-time job after she was released from jail on Sept. 9. Judge Pratt also reported that Jones has a pending theft case in municipal court for the alleged theft of a tablet computer which she then sold to a pawn shop.
“What you have to show for it is nothing — and you picked up a new charge,” Judge Pratt said. “You were not just using heroin, you were trafficking and you had a 10-month-old child.”
Jones received 72 days of jail credit. She was also ordered to complete drug and alcohol assessments in jail, complete “Thinking for a Change” program and secure full-time employment within 60 days of her release. Upon her release, Jones will serve three years of community control. If Jones violates conditions of her probation, Judge Pratt reserved 17 months in prison. Jones was also ordered to pay $125 in restitution to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office for drug analysis.
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