Prison for drug possession

A New Matamoras man was sentenced on Tuesday to three years in prison for a third-degree felony count of aggravated drug possession.

Michael Slonaker, 55, of 1209 Williamson Ave., Lot 33B, was arrested on April 24 when a search warrant at his residence was executed by the Major Crimes Task Force.

The search turned up 308 Oxycodone tablets, powerful prescription pills that are often abused. The pills had a street value of around $9,000, according to a press release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

“(The Task Force) found $3,264 and several hundred Oxycodone tablets,” said Jared Erb, assistant Washington County prosecutor. “The cash that (Slonaker) made on sales was forfeited (upon his arrest).”

The cash and a confession revealed that Slonaker had been trafficking Oxycodone, Erb said.

A small amount of marijuana was also found during the search.

Slonaker was arrested and, because the pill count was so high, charged with second-degree and third-degree felony counts of aggravated drug possession.

The second-degree felony count was eventually dropped and the third-degree felony count pursued.

Washington County public defender Ray Smith asked that his client get credit for time served in prison.

Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Burnworth agreed to give Slonaker his time served of 10 days.

Slonaker declined to make a statement before the court. He will be transferred to Orient Correctional Reception Center as soon as possible.

Woman sentenced in separate drug case

Meanwhile, a Marietta woman pleaded guilty in the court to a separate drug charge.

Felicia Wallace, 23, of 1360 Silver Globe Road, Marietta, entered a plea of guilty for a third-degree felony count of drug possession.

When Wallace turned herself into the Washington County Jail to serve a jail sentence for theft on June 21, she tried to convey drugs into the jail, Erb said.

“Everyone is warned about conveying things into jail,” he said. “They sign a form and are allowed to give up any contraband.”

Erb said Wallace signed the form and it appeared that she wasn’t concealing anything.

“Instead (of giving it up), she chose to conceal those (drugs) in a body cavity,” Erb said, adding that if she would have given up the drugs when prompted, the felony would have been a fifth-degree.

“Because she refused, that makes it a third-degree felony,” he said.

Wallace had two strengths of Oxycodone and Xanax.

“In a plea agreement, we agreed to dismiss the conveyance of the (Xanax),” Erb said.

Smith also acted as Wallace’s attorney. He said there was a lesson to learn: “Don’t bring drugs into jail; it’s not a hard case to prove.”

Wallace’s sentencing date is set for 11 a.m. Jan. 30.