Drug-dealer gets five years on probation

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield man who pleaded guilty last month to dealing narcotics will spend five years on probation and is ordered to undergo addiction counseling.

Justus Hudson, 22, was charged earlier this year with multiple felonies — including dealing a narcotic drug — after police arrested him for dealing heroin from his home in the 2200 block off Walnut Street, according to court records.

Last month, Hudson pleaded guilty to a Level 5 count of dealing; he faced one to six years in jail and a $10,000 fine. On Wednesday, Hancock County Superior Court Judge Terry Snow sentenced him to five years of probation and ordered him to complete addiction treatment as a term of the probation.

Hudson was arrested in January after police raided his home on Walnut Street in Greenfield after they used a confidential informant to purchase heroin there, according to court documents.

During their search, Hudson told police he had a small amount of heroin in his pockets and he had “no reason to try and hide it,” court records state.

While officers were investigating, he also asked police if he could have a cigarette; in the box with his cigarettes, they found a clear plastic bag with marijuana, police said.

Another man at the home during the raid told police Hudson, who had been living at the house for a short period of time, was selling heroin, court records state.

During their search, officers also found drug paraphernalia and marijuana on a table and a plastic bag filled with what appeared to be bath salts, according to court documents.

In Hudson’s bedroom, they found aluminum foil on the floor, a digital scale and multiple unused syringes, commonly used by heroin-users to inject the drug, court records state.

Police also found two bags filled with baking powder, commonly used by heroin dealers to increase the volume of the drug they’re selling to boost profits, according to court documents.

In addition to the Level 5 felony count of dealing, Hudson was charged in January with the following: possession of a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of a syringe and maintaining a common nuisance, all Level 6 felonies; and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and possession of a synthetic drug.

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Samm Quinn is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3275 or squinn@greenfieldreporter.com.