Miller gets jail time for drug charge

MARIETTA – A Marietta woman asked Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Ed Lane to consider her efforts to get her life together as he sentenced her Tuesday for trafficking in cocaine.

“I finally turned myself around, Mr. Lane,” Jodie D. Miller, 29, of 27360 Ohio 7, Lot 17, said during the Tuesday morning hearing. “I just hope you don’t put me away for a long time because I’m doing good.”

Lane responded by sentencing Miller to two months in the Washington County Jail and five years of community control. The jail term was a month more than requested by Miller’s attorney, Washington County Public Defender Ray Smith, and three months less than recommended by county Prosecutor Jim Schneider.

“I wish you the best of luck, but it’s up to you to get your life turned around,” Lane said at the end of the hearing. “I hope you do.”

Miller pleaded guilty earlier this year to one fifth-degree felony count of trafficking in drugs. A second fifth-degree trafficking count was dropped as part of the plea agreement.

On Tuesday, Miller told Lane she is in counseling and recently regained custody of her 3-year-old daughter. She has a part-time job with an employer who is aware of her situation and willing to train her for a full-time position.

Miller was one of 11 people arrested in October after secret indictments were returned against them by a Washington County grand jury. All of the charges were drug offenses, and law enforcement officials said the indictments were issued in secret so as not to tip off the suspects that they were going to be arrested.

The charges against Miller came from two transactions, Schneider said – one in June at a parking lot near the Interstate 77 exit in Marietta and another in July at her residence.

Miller admitted her guilt and apologized when Lane asked her if she wanted to make a statement.