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Three charged with selling counterfeit drugs

Millerburg residents allegedly sold to informant

By CHRISTINE L. PRATT Staff Writer Published: January 7, 2017 5:00 AM

MILLERSBURG -- For allegedly selling drugs, passed off as Xanax, to a confidential informant, three Millersburg residents face criminal charges.

Darrin Brodie Neville, 22, of 4775 County Road 400, is charged in Holmes County Common Pleas Court with three counts of trafficking in drugs and three counts of trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances.

He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges, for which he faces up to one year in prison on each, if convicted. He is next scheduled to appear in court for a March 23 pretrial conference. A jury trial is scheduled for April 24.

Sara Lynn Miller, 23, of 608 Massillon Road, Millersburg, has pleaded not guilty to three counts of trafficking in drugs and three counts of trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances. Her husband, Todd Eugene Miller, 21, of the same address has pleaded not guilty to two counts of each.

Both face up to one year in prison on each count, if convicted. They are next scheduled to appear in court for April 6 pretrials and a May 8 jury trial.

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In the case of Neville, the charges stem from incidents on July 10, 11 and 12. That's when he allegedly sold Buspirone, an unscheduled drug used to treat anxiety and panic disorders, to an informant working for the LEAD Task Force, according to Commander Joe Mullet.

Because he reportedly sold the drug as Xanax, which is a Schedule IV drug, he was charged for offering to sell the illegal drug and actually selling the counterfeit product, said Mullet.

Because it wasn't until the pills were analyzed in a lab they were found to be counterfeit, the informant continued to conduct business with Neville and the Millers, to whom Neville referred the informant, said Mullet, noting all transactions were discontinued after the substance was found to be non-controlled.

The charges against the Millers stem from incidents alleged to have occurred on Aug. 15 and Aug. 17. Sara Miller faces two additional charges for an Aug. 23 sale she reportedly made while on her own.

The Millers, according to Mullet, suggested they knew the drugs were not Xanax, but believed them to be an off-brand of the controlled substance, and they referred to them as "buzz bars."

Sara Miller reportedly had a prescription for the Buspirone that all three are accused of selling as Xanax.

While sales of prescriptive medications, specifically narcotics, appear to have waned recently, due in part to an influx of heroin, Mullet said, they continue to be a problem. For the most part, users who now are tapping into the heroin market seem to be buying the drug out of the county, he said.

Reporter Christine Pratt can be reached at 330-674-5676 or cpratt@the-daily-record.com.

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