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Warren woman pleads guilty to drug trafficking

October 20, 2012
Morning Journal News

LISBON - A 46-year-old Warren woman accused of selling her own prescription drugs to a confidential informant was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday by Judge C. Ashley Pike in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.

Carolyn A. Anderson pleaded guilty in July to trafficking in drugs. According to court documents, she sold 86 80-milligram tablets of Oxycodone to a confidential informant in Leetonia in exchange for $2,100. She faced up to eight years in prison. She was fined $7,500 and had her license suspended for six months.

Assistant County Prosecutor Tammie Riley Jones recommended the two-year sentence, the minimum allowed for a second-degree felony drug trafficking charge. Jones pointed out Anderson has only a misdemeanor theft charge from the late 1990s on her record and was cooperative with police. However, she said the law requires a two-year sentence.

Anderson's defense attorney Dennis Dimartino noted his client is a mother who has worked to support her family and paid her taxes. He quoted the addage that "the lack of money is the root of all evil."

According to his account of the events, Dimartino said it was Anderson's sister who had some type of relationship with the confidential informant and set up the situation.

"But for that conversation with her sister, 'I know how you can make some extra money,' she could have gone on being a nurses aide, making $10 or $11 an hour, raising her children and enjoying the rest of her life," Dimartino said.

Prior to sentencing Anderson told Pike she accepted responsibility for the terrible decision she made and was concerned about how she has affected her family. Two of her sons were in the court room on Friday, but Anderson also has a 9-year-old daughter.

Pike urged her to take advantage of her time and make better decisions in the future.

Anderson's sister, Cynthia Anderson, 48, Youngstown, pleaded guilty in August to complicity to trafficking in drugs. She is scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 26.



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