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Woman pleads guilty to permitting drug abuse

A woman admitted Monday before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor to allowing a drug dealer to traffic heroin through a residence they previously shared.



Carmelita Johnson, 39, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to a single count of permitting drug abuse, a first-degree misdemeanor.  

According to documents, she was sharing a residence at 317 N. Elm St. with Raymond Joseph, 35, whom Logan County Drug Task Force investigators were investigating for dealing heroin.

A search warrant was served on the property on May 30, and authorities recovered about $900 in cash and some black tar heroin.

An indictment had charged Ms. Johnson with a felony count of permitting drug abuse. The charge was amended as part of the plea agreement.

She will be sentenced Feb. 19 upon the court’s receipt of a presentence investigation.

Mr. Joseph was charged with two counts of drug trafficking and a single count of possession from the May incident. While on bond awaiting trial on those charges, he was arrested again around Christmas and charged with possession of drugs and tampering with evidence.

Judge suspends local jail sentence

Dominic Disanto, 42, of Lima, was spared a jail sentence Monday, after the judge suspended six months’ local lockup for one count of theft, a first-degree misdemeanor.

He was sentenced to two years’ community control and was ordered to pay court costs and $1,000 restitution to Zane Shawnee Caverns.

A pair of felony counts of theft were dismissed in exchange for a Dec. 27 guilty plea.

The defendant has about two weeks left to serve on a six-month jail sentence from Auglaize County for violating his probation. While jailed there, he has attended weekly faith-based classes for offenders that are led by two men who attended court Monday to speak on Mr. Disanto’s behalf.

Russell Thomas, who leads what he described as “Christ-centered counseling for inmate offenders” said it was only the third time he’s come to court to speak for a defendant whom he has counseled.

Mr. Thomas said he noticed a distinct change in Mr. Disanto throughout the program.

The defendant asked the judge for probation and a chance to “show you I’ve changed.”

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