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Heroin dealer gets 25 years

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com

A Huntington man convicted of dealing heroin was sentenced on Tuesday to spend 20 years in jail and five years on probation, according to court records.

Joshua Lee Trammel pleaded guilty to two Level 2 felony charges of dealing heroin from separate cases stemming from two incidents in December of 2018, which occurred one day apart from each other.

On Dec. 4, 2018, Trammel sold 15 grams of heroin mixed with Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, to an undercover officer with the Allen County Drug Task Force for $1,500 in a house on the 200 Block of Park Boulevard in Huntington.

On Dec. 5, 2018, police seized 71 grams of heroin cut with Fentanyl, 9.7 grams of cocaine and 4.2 grams of hashish in December of 2018 during a felony traffic stop for charges of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.

An undercover officer wrote in his report that mixing heroin with Fentanyl makes “it an extremely dangerous cocktail if ingested.”

Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Nix said Trammel received two 25 year sentences with five years suspended but that both sentences will be served at the same time due to the proximity in time.

Nix commended the work of law enforcement in a statement following the sentencing hearing.

“A large number of the overdoses in our community have been due to the abuse of heroin,” Nix said. “The street value of the heroin sold by and recovered from Trammel was over $9,000 and could have supplied hundreds of doses. Law enforcement did an excellent job of stemming a major source of heroin into our community.”

Police reports state that Trammel had possible ties to a drug cartel in Fort Wayne.

Police took Trammel into custody after a Huntington Police Department officer recognized Trammel, who was 19 at the time, in the back of a car around 3 p.m. Dec. 5, 2018, according to police reports.

Trammel was subsequently charged with a Level 2 felony count of dealing heroin, a Level 3 felony count of possession of cocaine or a narcotic drug, a Level 5 felony count of possession of a narcotic drug, a Class A misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance and a Class B misdemeanor count of marijuana, according to probable cause affidavits filed with Huntington County Superior Court.