Troy pair sentenced for pot-laced edibles


By Melanie Yingst - myingst@civitasmedia.com



MIAMI COUNTY — The Troy pair who prepared marijuana laced edibles such as ice cream and cheesecake received lengthy prison sentences in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Monday.

Sarah Ritchie, 33, of Troy, and Timothy Housley, 26, appeared in court with Judge Jeannine Pratt presiding.

Ritchie was sentenced to serve four years in prison for second degree felony drug trafficking and two counts of drug possession, felonies of the third degree to run concurrent with the four year sentence.

Housley was sentenced to serve five years for the same charges.

Miami County Assistant Prosecutor Paul Watkins explained how Ritchie was cooperative with Troy Police to receive one year less than Housley during his sentencing hearing.

Both may be eligible for judicial release and will serve three years of mandatory post-release control.

Ritchie said she didn’t understand the consequences of her actions at the time of her arrest.

“I do regret what I did and I will never do this again,” she said. “I see the pain and hurt I caused.”

Ritchie forfeited $609 connected to the case and was ordered to pay $125 for drug testing to the Troy Police Department. She received three days of jail credit. She had no prior court record.

Judge Pratt noted the pair participated in an organized activity to traffic the drugs.

Housley apologized to the Troy community, the courts and to his family.

“The past six months have taught me a lesson,” said Housley, who received 179 days of jail time credit.

The pair were served a search warrant at their home located off of the Adams Street Bridge by the Troy Police Department on June 3.

Officers located marijuana-infused ice cream, cheesecakes and other pot-infused edibles inside the home. Detectives also found hashish oil and oil extraction items inside the home. The edibles were also found to have strawberries, apparently for the Strawberry Festival.

By Melanie Yingst

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