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Howard Fletcher received a 15 year prison sentence by Common Pleas Judge Charles Pater
August 23, 2006

Press Release For Immediate Release August 22, 2006

(Hamilton, Ohio) Defendant Howard Fletcher, a 34-year old Middletown man, pled guilty today to three counts of Trafficking in Cocaine, three counts of Possession of Cocaine, Having Weapons Under Disability and Illegal Use or Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and received a 15 year prison sentence by Common Pleas Judge Charles Pater earlier today, along with fines of $26,625 and ordered to forfeit his business assets valued at $15,000.

The charges resulted from the sale of large quantities of cocaine and crack cocaine, which Fletcher was selling through his Middletown business, Fletcher’s Home & Car Audio from October to December 2005. The use of his business for drug sale activities resulted in the forfeiture of his business assets.

After today’s sentencing, Judge Pater stated, “Cocaine is a scourge of our society. The defendant sold a great deal and received large amounts of money and society needs to be protected from those such as him.”

Fletcher was an established drug dealer within our community, using the veil of his local business to hide the illegal drug activities. He had numerous past convictions of Aggravated Trafficking and Having Weapons Under Disability.

Prosecutor Piper stated, “Judge Pater’s sentence is severe, while being just and fair. We are confiscating Fletcher’s business that other’s know crime can’t pay. While drugs hurt people in the community, it is now the pusher who is in pain.”

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