Drug Defendants Sentenced in Criminal Court

October 10, 2017
by: 
Dwayne Page
Judge David Patterson

Several offenders arrested in a drug round up by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department in May were sentenced in Criminal Court Friday.

These defendants were among persons named in 40 sealed indictments by the DeKalb County Grand Jury

Sheriff Patrick Ray said officers of his department appeared before the Grand Jury and presented cases against each offender as the result of an undercover investigation. "A variety of drugs were bought during this operation including Xanax, Hydrocodone, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Subutex, and others," he said.

"We tried to focus this operation on methamphetamine. We had received information that methamphetamine has been coming up here from Georgia and not only into our county but also other places in the state," Sheriff Ray continued.

"Some of the indictments were for sale and delivery in a drug free zone which is an area 1,000 feet of a school, park, library, and daycare," he added.

Those who appeared for sentencing Friday before Judge David Patterson were as follows:

22 year old Charles Dakota Derrick entered a plea to two counts of simple marijuana possession and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in each case to run consecutively for a total of almost two years. He must make restitution of $560 to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department. Derrick was indicted on three counts of manufacture, delivery, and sale of a schedule VI drug (marijuana). He has applied for judicial diversion. The offenses occurred on November 18 & 21, 2016.

42 year old Christopher Alan Scruggs entered a plea to sale of a schedule II drug (Hydrocodone) and sale of a schedule II drug (Methamphetamine) under 0.5 grams and received a five year TDOC sentence suspended to supervised probation in each case to run concurrently with each other. He was fined $2,000 and must make restitution of $185 to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department. The offenses occurred on September 20, 2016.

41 year old Desiree Nicole Ferrell entered a plea to sale of a schedule II drug and sale of a schedule II controlled substance in a drug free zone. She received a six year TDOC sentence suspended to supervised probation in each case to run concurrently with each other but consecutive to another case against her. She must make restitution of $210 to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department. Ferrell was given jail credit from June 1, 2017 to October 6, 2017. The offenses occurred on November 4, 2016.

21 year old Darian Cheyenne Ferrell entered a plea to simple possession of oxycodone and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days on probation. She was fined $750 and must make restitution of $120 to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department. The offense occurred on October 10, 2016. Ferrell had been indicted for sale and delivery of the schedule II drug oxycodone.

38 year old Rebecca Pelfrey entered a plea to sale of a schedule II drug (Hydromorphone) and received a five year TDOC sentence on probation. She was fined $2,000 and must make restitution of $500 to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department. The offense occurred on September 21, 2016.

22 year old Christopher Derrick entered a plea to sale of a schedule IV drug (Alprazolam) and received a three year TDOC sentence on probation. He was fined $2,000 and must make restitution of $420 to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department. The offense occurred on October 25, 2016.

21 year old Ray Vincent entered a plea to sale of methamphetamine over .5 grams and received an eight year TDOC sentence suspended after he serves 180 days in the DeKalb County Jail. He was fined $2,000 and must make restitution of $500 to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department. Vincent was given jail credit of 75 days. The offense occurred on November 2, 2016.

Meanwhile in other cases, 60 year old James Walter Stone entered a plea to simple possession and was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days on probation supervised by CPS. A DUI charge against him was dismissed. Stone was arrested by Smithville Police on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 for DUI and cited for simple possession. Stone was found passed out in his vehicle at Hardees. The engine was running and the gear in drive. Upon approaching the automobile, the officer spotted a syringe in plain sight. Stone was asked to submit to sobriety tasks to ensure he was not intoxicated. He agreed but performed poorly. During Stone's arrest, a white pill bottle with no markings was found in his vehicle. Inside the bottle was a round yellow pill believed to be Suboxone.

48 year old Elsie Mae Judkins entered a plea to possession of a schedule IV drug with intent to sell and received a three year sentence to run concurrently with another sentence against her. The offense occurred on October 27, 2016.

33 year old Randi M. Johns entered a plea to sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (Methamphetamine) under .5 grams and received a five year TDOC sentence, suspended after serving 180 days in the DeKalb County Jail. She was given 17 days jail credit and must make restitution of $48 to the Smithville Police Department. Johns was also fined $2,000. The offense occurred on January 29, 2016.

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