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Millersburg man admits sale of fake Xanax

By CHRISTINE L. PRATT Staff Writer Published: April 8, 2017 5:00 AM

MILLERSBURG -- A Millersburg man admitted in late March to selling drugs, passed off as Xanax, to a confidential informant.

Darrin Brodie Neville, 22, of 4775 County Road 400, pleaded guilty in Holmes County Common Pleas Court to two counts of trafficking in drugs. In exchange for his guilty plea, a third charge of trafficking in drugs and three counts of trafficking in counterfeit controlled substances were dismissed.

Neville is next scheduled to appear in court for sentencing on May 2, at which time he faces up to two years in prison.

Similarly charged initially, Sara Lynn Miller, 23, of 568 Wooster Road, Apt. A, Millersburg, initially had 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 had pleaded not guilty to two counts of each.

However, to more accurately reflect the composition of the drug actually sold and make the Millers, neither of whom has a criminal history, eligible for treatment in lieu of conviction, the state refiled the charges via bills of information charging them with selling, purchasing, distributing or delivering dangerous drugs.

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If treatment in lieu of conviction is granted and both Millers successfully complete the program, charges against them will be dismissed. Otherwise, they face up to 18 months in prison for each count.

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.

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


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