Oxycodone dealer gets jail time

Cary Ashby • Aug 31, 2013 at 4:07 PM

A convicted drug dealer with a possible job in Clyde was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in jail on the work release program.

Tyler D. Townsend, 28, of 1420 E Main St., Lot 38, Bellevue, will serve the jail term at the discretion of his probation officer.

"He's only spent three days (in jail) so far, he's had no real punishment so far," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.

As part of Townsend's three years of intense probation, he must pay $105 in restitution to the Ohio Bureau of Investigation to cover the cost of drug testing. That amount will be paid out of the $749 seized by the Bellevue Police Department. Townsend's driver's license is suspended for six months.

The defendant, who was fined $1,000, said police seized some of his father's money when they raided his house.

"I only had $45 in my wallet," Townsend said.

Officers later seized $250 when they arrested Townsend on his indictment; a Huron County grand jury secretly indicted him in February.

"About the PSI (pre-sentence investigation), I must have had a misunderstanding with him. I apologize for being uncooperative," he said.

Townsend pleaded guilty May 28 to trafficking in oxycodone. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a second, similar count and a possession of oxycodone charge.

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