Man pleads in pot case
Published 10:39 pm Saturday, May 9, 2009
He wanted to ship his marijuana ASAP but he will wait five weeks to find out just how much freedom his pot parcel will cost him.
Thurman Harshbarger III, 31, of 64 Township Road 181, Ironton, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of trafficking in marijuana and one count of possession of marijuana.
Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge D. Scott Bowling scheduled Harshbarger’s sentencing for June 10.
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The case against an alleged cohort, Charles Newcomb, 38, of 64 Township Road 181, Ironton, is pending in common pleas court.
Others arrested for drug peddling also pleaded guilty Wednesday.
Alan Combs, 58, of 719 Vine St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to four counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and one count each of tampering with evidence and endangering children. Judge Cooper sentenced him to three years in prison.
Combs’ wife, Shirley Combs, of the same address, pleaded guilty to five counts of permitting drug abuse and one count each of aggravated trafficking in drugs and endangering children.
She wiped away tears and answered “guilty” as Cooper asked for her plea to each charge. She was sentenced to a total of 18 months in prison but she may be eligible for judicial release if she stays out of trouble while she is behind bars.
“The court will obtain a record of your conduct while you are in the custody of the state correctional department,” Cooper told her. “Much will hinge on whether you get into any trouble.”
Christopher J. Adkins, 33, of 2430 S. Eighth St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and one count each of complicity to aggravated trafficking in drugs and corrupting another with drugs. Cooper sentenced him to four years in prison.
“I’m sorry for the crimes I’ve done,” Adkins told Cooper.