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A Columbus man was put on probation for two years after pleading guilty to a Class D felony of dealing in more than 30 grams but less than 10 pounds of marijuana, court records show.
Dustten J. Hitch, 19, was arrested by Columbus police officers last December after selling marijuana to an undercover narcotics investigator three times between Nov. 12 and Dec. 6, a police affidavit in the court record stated.
On Thursday, Bartholomew Circuit Court Judge Stephen Heimann signed a sentencing order requiring Hitch, who gave his address as 3685 Central Ave., to pay a $500 fine plus $432 in court fees and an additional restitution of $550 to the City Police Department.
Hitch also will have to perform 24 hours of community service each week that he isn’t employed or in school, court records show.
Police said in a court filing that Hitch first made contact with an undercover officer via text messages on Nov. 12, 2012, and sold $225 worth of marijuana to the undercover agent in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant.
A week later Hitch sold $325 worth of marijuana to an undercover officer.
And, on Dec. 6, he made a third sale of $275 to an undercover officer and was arrested.
Police narcotics officers had been making undercover buys from another suspect
before Hitch’s involvement, court records stated, but that man moved to Texas late last year and he offered to connect customers to Hitch to keep the supply of marijuana flowing.
One of the customers turned out to be a police officer working undercover.
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