Man gets 90-days in jail for cocaine in lunch box

A Belpre man who admitted ownership of a lunch box containing cocaine during an April 2013 traffic stop was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in jail.

Timothy W. Evans, 28, of 1211 Wyatt Lane Apt. B, will serve the sentence over the next 36 weekends.

Evans is already on community control for a felony theft charge after he stole from an elderly woman who had allowed Evans to stay with her. He is currently employed and working on paying restitution for the jewelry he stole, explained Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider.

“While that case was pending, but before he actually pleaded guilty, he and three other guys were in a vehicle stopped by the Ohio State Highway Patrol,” said Schneider.

The patrol could not confirm which of the four men possessed drugs-including heroin and pills-found in the car. However, Evans admitted ownership of the lunch box in the trunk. Though he initially said a white powder in the box was crushed Ativan, it later tested positive for cocaine.

Evans pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree felony count of drug possession. On top of the jail time, he was sentenced Tuesday to an additional three years of community control, which will be tacked onto the end of the community control sanction in the theft case, said Schneider.