Bartlett man gets jail for drug possession

A Bartlett man charged with drug possession was sentenced Thursday to 36 days in the county jail and three years of community control.

Christian E. Sayre, 32, of 1924 State Route 550, was indicted in August on a fourth-degree felony count of trafficking in drugs and a fifth-degree felony count of possession of drugs. But the trafficking charge was dropped and Sayre agreed to plead guilty to the single felony count of possession.

Sayre had no comment as Washington County Common Pleas Judge Randall Burnworth gave the sentence Thursday afternoon.

“You are sentenced to three years of community control, supervised by the adult probation department, and 36 days in the Washington County Jail, less six days already served,” Burnworth said. “Your drivers license will also be suspended for 180 days, and $2,155 will be forfeited to the county sheriff’s department.”

Sayre was also ordered to undergo a drug counseling and treatment program through L&P Services.

Sayre’s home was the subject of a search warrant on April 19, 2012. Officers found a small amount of cocaine in Sayre’s pocket as well as a backpack containing 324 grams of marijuana and two sets of digital scales.

Investigators believed the scales indicated Sayre had been trafficking in marijuana.

Sayre admitted the drugs and drug paraphernalia were his, but denied using the scales to engage in the sale of drugs, according to a police report at the time of the search.

Officers also seized the $2,155 in cash that they believed to be the proceeds of drug sales. It was that money Burnworth ordered to be forfeited to the county during Thursday’s sentencing.

The judge also warned Sayre that, if he violates his community control, he could be sentenced to spend 12 years in a state prison.