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Four sentenced in drug cases

 

by AMANDA WINTERS

Sequim Gazette


Four people pleaded guilty in separate drug cases following investigations by the Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team and OPNET is seeking yet another person for prosecution under a bench warrant.

 

“During the summer and fall of 2011, OPNET investigated several controlled substance delivery cases,” Narcotics Team Supervisor Jason Viada said. “Many of the cases were related. The future filing of more charges is anticipated as state law allows for the filing of charges at any time up to three years after the unlawful delivery of controlled substances.”

 

Darren J. Samples, 44, of Port Angeles, was sentenced to more than four years in prison May 14 after pleading guilty to delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a Class B felony. Samples accepted a plea offer from Clallam County Deputy Prosecutor Jesse Espinoza in exchange for four other felony charges previously filed against him in the case. Superior Court Judge George Wood sentenced Samples to 55 months in prison.

 

OPNET detectives said a confidential informant purchased methamphetamine from Samples three times in August and September 2011.

 

Todd J. Dodge, 40, formerly of Port Angeles, was sentenced to nearly four years in prison May 3 after pleading guilty to delivery of a controlled substance, heroin, a Class B felony.

 

OPNET detectives said Dodge was selected for investigation in part because of his extensive criminal history, which included at least 19 previous convictions.

 

Ashleigh L. McLennan also known as Ashleigh Dodge, 27, formerly of Port Angeles, received a 20-month prison sentence followed by 20 months of probation May 9 after pleading guilty to two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, heroin. During the investigation in 2011, OPNET purchased heroin from McLennan.

 

Ron C. Critchfield, 40, of Port Angeles will serve two years probation, as sentenced in Clallam County Superior Court on April 26 after he pleaded guilty to two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, heroin. According to a probable cause statement filed in court, Critchfield sold heroin to a confidential informant working with OPNET on three separate occasions.

 

Judge George Wood issued a Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative, which requires Critchfield spend 90 to 180 days in a residential drug treatment facility in addition to serving two years of community custody. The Department of Corrections, however, requested a bench warrant for Critchfield after he failed to appear for drug testing, according to a report.

 

OPNET is seeking Lena Y. Giulietti, who is charged with two counts of delivering heroin within 1,000 feet of a school bus stop. Giulietti was scheduled to appear in Clallam County Superior Court on May 18 but failed to appear. A bench warrant has been issued for her arrest and anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is encouraged to call police dispatch at 452-4545.

 

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