A local drug dealer was sentenced Monday in Logan County Common Pleas Court to a prison term in accordance with a recommendation from prosecutors and defense.
Cynyen Howard, 28, of Bellefontaine, was sentenced to three years in prison for two counts of third- and fourth-degree felony possession of drugs and two counts of trafficking in drugs, fifth-degree felonies.
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Eric Stewart explained the defendant has multiple previous felony convictions for drug-related activity in both Clark and Logan counties.
The defendant was indicted twice last year, in May and again in December for charges relating to possession and trafficking of drugs. Additionally, he’d been charged with a felony count of intimidation of attorney or witness and illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention facility and for misdemeanor counts of assault, aggravated menacing, domestic violence and telephone harassment.
Those charges were dismissed in exchange for the defendant's plea to the drug charges.
According to arrest reports, the defendant was arrested and found to be in possession of drugs, including 11 grams of cocaine and four grams of heroin.
He was also arrested last spring while riding a bicycle in the 200 block of north Elm Street. He was reportedly also in possession of $459 and a baggie of marijuana.
Read more Logan County Common Pleas Court news in Tuesday's Examiner.