Man sentenced on drug charges

Betts receives two years in prison for trafficking heroin

By Kellee Bonnell - [email protected]


A Washington C.H. man was recently sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of trafficking heroin and aggravated trafficking drugs.

Brent Lee Betts, 36, of 812 Delaware St. Apt. 23, was indicted in June on multiple drug-related charges.

Last week in Fayette County Common Pleas Court, Betts pleaded guilty to one count trafficking in heroin, a felony of the fifth degree; two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, felonies of the fourth degree; and one count of trafficking in heroin, a felony of the fourth degree. The Fayette County Prosecutor’s Office dismissed the other charges against Betts as part of the agreement.

On Aug. 12, 2014, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office conducted an undercover operation in when information was received that heroin could be purchased from Betts. At approximately 3:51 p.m., Betts was reportedly called and an undercover detective met with him in the area of Delaware and Campbell streets in Washington C.H.

According to a FCSO reports, on Aug. 24, 2014, a deputy stated that he spotted a gray ford truck turn left from Eyman Park Drive and continue to travel north on North North Street, where the truck failed to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic. The deputy then initiated a traffic stop when the truck accelerated, continued north and then made a right onto Western Avenue. The deputy then found the truck, stationary and turned off, and advised dispatch that he would be out of his vehicle on a traffic stop.

According to the report, when the deputy approached the vehicle, he saw a tall white male attempting to hide in the rear passenger area of the truck. After Betts exited the vehicle, he reportedly told the deputy that he was hiding because he had a suspended driver’s license and was scared.

Betts was searched and when the vehicle was searched, a small clear baggie was observed in the open middle console with an off-white powdery rock substance. Further search of the vehicle produced two digital scales with a white powdery substance, another clear baggie with an off-white powdery substance, three hypodermic needles, and several small baggies with the bottom corners torn off.

During the questioning of Betts, he allegedly informed officers that he had picked up seven grams of heroin earlier in the day, and that he sells three and a half grams and uses three and a half grams a day.

Judge Steven Beathard ordered that Betts’ driver’s license be suspended for a period of six months and that Betts pay the costs of prosecution.

Betts was awarded 63 days jail-time credit and may be subject to a period of up to three years of supervision by the Adult Parole Authority upon his release.

Betts receives two years in prison for trafficking heroin

By Kellee Bonnell

[email protected]

Reach Kellee Bonnell at (740) 313-0355 or on Twitter @newskelleebee.

Reach Kellee Bonnell at (740) 313-0355 or on Twitter @newskelleebee.

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