Hillsboro man gets year in prison on drug charges



A second passenger was sentenced in court this week after more than a hundred needles and a mobile meth lab were found during a Washington Court House traffic stop.

Thirty-one-year-old Hillsboro resident Dallas W. Wright appeared Monday in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas and will spend one year in prison after pleading guilty to a third-degree felony for illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacturing of drugs. He also plead guilty to possession of drug abuse instruments and illegal possession of drug paraphernalia, each a misdemeanor charge.

Wright is the co-defendant in the case with Greenfield resident Jody L. Watson, Jr.

The men were riding together in a vehicle stopped Oct. 7, 2016 in Washington Court House. A police officer noticed the passengers appeared to duck down and conceal themselves when they first saw the officer. The officer reported the car was emitting a strange and loud noise.

An assortment of chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine were found during a search of the vehicle and included three types of fuel, a variety of batteries, and muriatic acid in a plastic bag. Jars taped together with hoses and funnels were inside a duffel bag in the trunk.

The officer also reported that he found “a large amount of needles and drug paraphernalia.”

A locked safe was found in the trunk. Wright gave the officer consent to search the safe, reports said. The officer inserted some sort of small camera or eye piece through a small hole in the safe to view the contents and found more needles and drug paraphernalia.

Watson, who plead guilty in March for his involvement in the case, is serving a four-year and three-month prison sentence at Pickaway Correctional Institution. He received nine months from the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas for illegal assembly of possession of chemicals, a third-degree felony. In addition to that he was sentenced Dec. 7 in the Highland County Court of Common Pleas on charges for judicial sanction, possession of drugs, illegal possession of chemicals and failure to provide notice of a change of address.

A third person who was in the vehicle has been charged with illegal assembly of possession of chemicals and is scheduled to appear for a court hearing next week.

Wright was credited with 51 days of jail time already served on the charges in the Fayette County Jail. After his sentencing, he was transported by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office to the Correctional Reception in Orient.

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