Lowell woman sentenced Fri.
A Lowell woman who twice sold prescription opiate pills to a confidential informant was sentenced Friday in Washington County Common Pleas Court to four months in the Washington County Jail.
Tammy L. Whipkey, 41, of 60 AE Miller Road, was sentenced on two fourth-degree felony charges of trafficking in drugs.
Whipkey became involved in a drug trafficking investigation by the Major Crimes Task Force when one of the suspects in the investigation used Whipkey’s home to conduct a drug sale, said Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider.
“This was actually a flow-over from another investigation involving Serena Biehl,” said Schneider.
Biehl, 36, of 311 Chestnut St., Marietta, sold an informant drugs once and then set up a second sale at Whipkey’s home on Jan. 18, where the informant was sold nine Percocet pills, said Schneider.
Four days later, Whipkey set up a sale not involving Biehl and sold the informant 12 more pills, he said.
Whipkey pleaded guilty Jan. 16 to drug trafficking charges out of both incidents.
Biehl was also charged with three drug trafficking charges-one for the incident at Whipkey’s home and one each for two other sales of Xanax pills.
She pleaded guilty to one fourth-degree felony drug trafficking charge and one fifth-degree felony drug trafficking charge. She was sentenced to 60 days in jail and three years of community control. She was also ordered to undergo drug counseling and pay $140 restitution to the task force.
Whipkey did not want to make a comment preceding her sentencing but told Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Burnworth that she had a question.
“You’ll need to ask your attorney,” Burnworth informed her.
Whipkey chose not to confer with her attorney, Ray Smith, saying the question could wait.
Whipkey was sentenced according to an agreed disposition, said Burnworth.
“You’re to serve 60 days on each count for a total of 120 days with credit for one day,” he said.
Whipkey will also be on community control for five years and was ordered to pay $110 restitution to the task force within one year.
The charge was not Whipkey’s first felony offense, said Schneider.
Whipkey has twice before been sentenced to probation in common pleas court, he said.
“(The cases involved) illegal use of food stamp coupons and another time for passing bad checks,” he said.
But because she did not serve a prison sentence for the previous charges and was no longer on probation when she committed the drug trafficking offenses, she is not eligible for a prison sentence, explained Schneider.
If Whipkey does violate her community control, she could be sentenced to a maximum three years in prison, noted Burnworth.