SIDNEY — Two Sidney residents who were arrested in the course of two days in June, after search warrants were executed at their residences, were sentenced in Shelby County Common Pleas Court last week.
Richard Hensley, 49, of Sidney, was sentenced on one count of tampering with evidence. He had originally been charged with one count of illegal manufacture of drugs, and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, as well, but the state dropped those charges as part of a plea agreement.
Lashawn M. Hazel, 46, of Sidney, was sentenced on one count of possession of drugs, and one count of possessing criminal tools, the original charges she faced. As part of the guilty plea, the state agreed to not bring any other drug possession or trafficking charges against her prior to Oct. 2, 2016.
A lead about the theft of a credit card led to the discovery of a suspected meth operation in a residence, and the arrest of Hensley.
Sidney Police Officers were investigating a theft of a credit card on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, when the investigation led officers to 221 ½ N. West Ave. in the city of Sidney.
During the investigation Sidney Police Officers observed several items used to cook methamphetamine. The residence was secured by officers while the Sidney Narcotics Unit obtained a search warrant. As a result of the search warrant Officers recovered several ingredients and tools used to cook methamphetamine, along with other drug paraphernalia.
Hensley was sentenced last week to 30 months in prison, with 91 days of credit. Upon his release he will serve a discretionary three years of probation, and he was ordered to pay a $300 fine.
In the second arrest the next day, Hazel was arrested when investigators and officers from the Sidney Police Department executed a narcotics search warrant at her Wapakoneta Avenue residence. Recovered during the search were heroin, paraphernalia and syringes.
Hazel was sentenced last week to complete five years of probation, and drug and alcohol counseling. She was also fined $300 and given one day of jail credit, shall further incarceration be necessary.
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