Meth dealer sentenced to 12 years

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Meth dealer sentenced to 12 years

By Jessica Johnston, Assistant News Director

A Zanesville man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Monday resulting from his sales of methamphetamine and fentanyl, although it’s not the man’s first time being convicted of trafficking drugs.

The now 32 year-old spent 12 months in prison at the age of 20 trafficking crack cocaine in 2007, according to court records.

Justin “YG” Hill traded his 12 months in prison for 12 years in prison this time around as he previously pleaded guilty to more severe drug-related charges.

In October, Hill pleaded guilty to to one first-degree felony count of trafficking in drugs (methamphetamine) with a juvenile specification, one first-degree felony count of illegal manufacture of drugs (fentanyl) with a juvenile specification, one second-degree felony count of trafficking in drugs (fentanyl) with a juvenile specification and one third-degree felony count of trafficking in drugs (fentanyl).

Hill became the focus of a Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force operation. The force used a confidential informant (CI) to conduct two controlled buys of illegal drugs from Hill, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Ron Welch said during Hill’s plea hearing.

The first of the two buys occurred on Aug. 14 where CODE used the CI to purchase 28 grams of methamphetamine and seven grams of fentanyl from Hill at his apartment on Indiana Street.

The second buy took place on Aug. 20 when the same CI purchased 7.1 grams of fentanyl from Hill, who asked the CI to pick him up, take him to an apartment on Pierce Street and then to Hill’s apartment where he cut the drugs to give the CI, Welch said.

After Hill’s plea hearing, Welch stated that the juvenile specifications attached to Hill’s charges stem from where the transactions took place which were in the vicinity of a juvenile or a school.

Hill was sentenced to 12 years in prison with 10 of those 12 years being mandatory time.

Upon his release from prison, Hill will be placed on post release control for five years.