September 19, 2014

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Judge tells man with drug charges to get act together

A judge on Monday warned a Norton man who pleaded no contest to having chemicals used to produce methamphetamine that prison was a real possibility if he didn’t get his act together.

Justin R. Pressley, 31, was charged with eight counts of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, third-degree felonies punishable by up to three years in prison each.

Justin Pressley

Medina County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Salisbury and Pressley’s attorney, Fadi Boumitri, previously agreed to recommend probation for Pressley in exchange for his plea.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier wasn’t so sure.

“This joint recommendation isn’t sounding so good,” he told Pressley at the hearing.

Collier said Pressley should explain himself and asked whether he would test positive for any drugs.

Pressley said he would test positive for heroin and he’s “in the middle of looking for a drug treatment place.”

Collier said he didn’t believe him.

“I have the number of a place I called out in my car,” Pressley said.

His girlfriend retrieved a sheet of paper, but no phone number was listed on it. Pressley said the phone number must have been at his home.

Too bad, Collier said.

“I was going to call the place to see if you called,” he said.

Pressley said he used heroin once every two or three days.

Again, Collier didn’t believe him.

“You’re the only once-every-three-days heroin user I’ve ever met,” he said.

Collier asked why he uses drugs.

Pressley said his father died recently and he was using drugs as a grieving tool.

“Oh, your dad died,” Collier said. “What a way to honor his memory. What would he say if he knew you were using drugs?”

“He’d be really mad,” Pressley said.

Collier ordered Pressley be placed on the court’s drug abuse monitoring program, meaning he could be randomly tested for drugs any time before his sentencing, which Collier scheduled for July 15.

Collier warned Pressley there would be consequences if he used drugs in that time.

“If you test positive, I’m sending you to prison,” he said.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.