2013-09-19 / Local & State

Heroin Dealer: “Drugs Ruin Lives”

Dustin England Jr. sentenced
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Dustin England Dustin England In reading from prepared notes during court proceedings Tuesday, McConnellsburg resident Dustin Don England Jr. said, “Drugs ruin lives. I’m a perfect example.”

In ordering a sentence of 48 months restrictive intermediate punishment for two counts of heroin delivery, Fulton County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Douglas Herman told England, “You’re just setting out...Once you finish your sentence and return to the community, that’s when the real test begins.”

England was urged by the judge to rely on the probation ofice as well as programs offered locally and his family. Judge Herman also pointed out England’s testimony failed to reference his children, who were on hand when heroin was sold to an undercover Pennsylvania State Police officer on multiple occasions.

England publicly apologized to his family and thanked them for standing by his side while he “messed up over the years.” The 23-year-old added his incarceration since July 10 has held him “accountable” for his actions.

“I thought I was invincible,” he said. “I didn’t think think selling drugs was a big deal.”

England’s sentence will include six months work release through the Franklin County Jail, completion of Day Reporting Center (DRC) requirements and 80 hours of community service. It will be followed by one-year probation in connection with two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Credit was given for time previously served.

Restitution in the amount of $950 will also be paid to the state police for reimbursement of controlled buy money.

England questioned the judge about possible transportation and money issues that could stem from daily visits to the DRC. “It would cost my family a good bit of money to run back and forth every day,” he said.

“What will it cost your family if you can’t get on top of this addiction,” Herman responded.

Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall pointed out England’s story is a common one of a man with a drug habit who is unable to support himself or his children.

Discussion was also held regarding England’s future contact with his girlfriend and codefendant Holly Jane Ward, also of 514 Woodside Drive, Apt. E-14, and Hunters Lane, Warfordsburg. England asked about the possibility of having a future together and reference was made to them “legitimizing” their relationship. A no-contact provision was ordered as part of the sentencing, although arrangements will likely be made for child custody arrangements and visitation.

England and Ward were arrested by state police on July 10 as they returned home to Woodside Drive in McConnellsburg. Ward, according to an affidavit of probable cause, allegedly possessed one gram of heroin and a needle, which she attempted to put down the back seat of a patrol vehicle.

The charging documents indicate both England and Ward admitted to arresting officers they had travelled to Hagerstown, Md., where they picked up approximately two grams of heroin to bring back to Fulton County and sell. They also told police they used some of the heroin on the ride home, the affidavit alleges.

Their arrest followed three additional controlled buys of heroin from England during June and July.

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