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Hagerstown man sentenced for selling prescription medicines

July 12, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to a year on home detention after pleading guilty to selling his prescription medicines to a police informant.

Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. sentenced Philip Eugene Main, 52, of 128 Wishing Star Court to four years in prison, but suspended all of it but the year on home detention.

Main had pleaded guilty to distribution of methadone in exchange for the dismissal of charges of distribution of Oxycodone, possession of Oxycodone and possession of methadone.

On Jan. 18, a Washington County Narcotics Task Force informant went to Main's home and purchased Oxycodone and methadone pills from him for $100, according to the statement of facts read in court by Assistant State's Attorney Viki Pauler.

The prescription drugs had been obtained legally by Main, Pauler said.

Assistant Public Defender Charles Bailey said Main, a grandfather of three, had no prior criminal records and had been on disability since 1995, having undergone several back surgeries.

"This is just stupid," Long told Main. "If you come back here I won't hesitate to send you on down the road" to state prison.

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