MILLERSBURG -- A Killbuck man on Monday, March 20, denied criminal charges he stole drugs while acting as a confidential informant working with the Holmes County Sheriff's Office.
Corey A. Dotson, 33, of 3238 Township Road 1022, pleaded not guilty in Holmes County Common Pleas Court to tampering with evidence, theft of drugs and aggravated possession of drugs.
The most serious charge, a third-degree felony, carries a potential sentence of up to three years in prison.
The charge stems from a July 24 incident.
That's when Dotson, acting as a confidential informant, participated in the controlled purchase of methamphetamine from Corrine Simpson. Subsequent to the buy, LEAD Task Force Commander Joe Mullet said he came into evidence Dotson took half of the drugs for himself, sealing them into a baggie, which he concealed in his rectum.
Confronted a couple of days later about the allegation, Dotson "admitted to everything he did," said Mullet.
A consequence of the drug transaction, Simpson, 27, of 261 N. Washington St., Millersburg, pleaded guilty to aggravated trafficking in meth, possession of meth and two counts of child endangering.
At the time of the transaction, Simpson was holding her child.
And, following the sale, officers from the task force, the Millersburg Police Department and Holmes County Sheriff's Office obtained and executed a search warrant on Simpson's apartment, in which they found more suspected drugs, drug paraphernalia and cash.
Simpson, who was home at the time of the search, was arrested without incident.
She said her criminal activity was directly related to her relationship with a man, with whom she no longer is involved. She said she previously had no knowledge of drugs and did not realize that by participating in the transaction she was committing a felony.
Presented with evidence Simpson was on the brink of having her children returned to her custody, Judge Robert Rinfret suspended a 27-month prison sentence, placing her on five years of probation. She was given credit for 29 days previously served in the Holmes County Jail.
Dotson, currently free on his own recognizance, is next scheduled to appear in court for a May 17 pretrial conference. A jury trial is scheduled for June 12.
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