Jason Richard Price
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
A Wirtz man faces up to 120 years in prison after pleading "no contest" Tuesday to charges of heroin distribution and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
Jason Richard Price, 30, pleaded no contest to two distribution charges and one charge of possession with intent to distribute.
A no contest plea is a form of a guilty plea.
Two charges of child abuse and one charge of distribution of heroin were dismissed through a plea agreement.
A minimum of five years prison time must be imposed on each of the three charges to which Price pleaded.
Controlled buys of heroin, arranged by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, were made from Price at his home on April 30 and May 28, 2013, according to prosecutor Dwight Rudd.
A search warrant was executed at Price's home on May 29, and 48 bags of heroin were found inside a nightstand in a bedroom, Rudd said. Investigators also found $400 in cash.
During the search, two children were found inside the home, Rudd said, which resulted in the child abuse charges.
A sentencing hearing for Price is set for April 2 at 3:15 p.m. in circuit court.