'He hates the label of drug dealer'

Man who sold heroin gets probation.
Cary Ashby
Apr 6, 2014

"He hates the label of drug dealer ... but he did admit he sold drugs on that occasion."

That's what defense attorney James Mayer III told the judge Wednesday about his client, Dustin Booker.

The 27-year-old former Tiro resident who now lives in Georgetown, Ky. pleaded guilty in early February to selling .01 grams of heroin to a confidential informant March 19, 2013. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to downgrade the charge from a fourth-degree felony to a fifth-degree felony and removed the language that indicated the transaction took place near a school.

After the incident, Booker voluntarily checked himself into the Rainbow Center, a substance abuse treatment center in Monroe, Mich. Mayer said his client was in the program for about seven months and for the last several weeks, he's been participating in a similar program in Frankfort, Ky.

"He intends to continue with that counseling," Mayer added.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway said Booker likely has a low chance to re-offend since he has moved out this area and doesn't have his previous associations and is the father of a 10-month-old child. The judge also credited the defendant with seeming to take his sobriety seriously.

As part of Booker's three years of probation, he was fined $500. He also must reimburse the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation $35 to cover the cost of drug testing.

Booker faces a 90-day jail term, which can be scheduled at the discretion of his probation officer. The court authorized him to be supervised in Kentucky.

The defendant is subject to random drug screens and must undergo substance abuse treatment. If he violates the terms of their probation, he would face one year in prison.

Comments

ferball14

If you sell cars you are a car dealer, if you sell coins you are a con dealer, if you sell antiques you are an antique dealer.... If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks likea duck, the by golly its a duck. You made your bed buddy, now lay in it.

Foodforthought

Amen

whatsyourissue

Ok, he doesn't like the label drug dealer. So how about these alternative choices: scum, leech, wart on society, killer, murderer, death dealer, perfect candidate to be euthanized? Any of those fit better?

BaileyOriginally

"perfect candidate to be euthanized" -would look great on his neck tattoo, but could you imagine how many of those words would be spelled incorrectly?

crazyaide

Scum works for me!!!!!

ladydye_5

What would his preferred label be?

Good 2 B Me

Self Employed Redistributor of Illegal Narcotics?

starryeyes83

How about Unlicensed Pharmacist ? I mean, if you don't like the label, then don't do it.

ladydye_5

Street Pharmacist....there ya go!!! Perfect!

swiss family

another good judgement call from Judge Conway.....NOT

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swiss cheese kat

Run for judge next election.

Sarrak

The election is in November 2018.

bdid.d519

He prefers "Senor Loser".

TheGravyWhisperer

...I hope he stays clean and clear ...the guy self-volunteered for rehab and, with a young son to do right by, has moved away from his former circle of fiends to start a new life ...I suppose none of you ever needed a second chance ...save the verbal scourging for more appropriate offenders...