Paul Andrew Deshone, 30, of Saginaw was sentenced to 17 to 48 months in prison for possession of morphine arising out of an arrest near the city ballfields in East Jordan on May 13, 2016.
Deshone was initially charged with possession with intent to deliver morphine and was bound over to circuit court following a preliminary examination in district court on June 7, 2016. He was on parole at the time of the offense.
An officer with the Joint Operational Law Enforcement (“JOLT”) drug team testified that JOLT was acting on a tip in the area when they witnessed what appeared to be two drug transactions. Police made contact with Deshone who was the driver in a vehicle containing another parolee and a third person on bond related to a drug offense.
Deshone had a prescription pill bottle containing 24 pills from the original 60 pills that had been dispensed to his mother earlier that morning in Saginaw. He also had $365 in cash on his person.
Circuit Judge Roy C. Hayes III said that a reasonable inference from these facts was that Deshone traveled to northern Michigan to traffic narcotics. Deshone was previously convicted of Home Invasion, Second Degree and Furnishing Contraband to a Prisoner in Prison and served approximately ten years in prison.
“While we did not have direct evidence that the defendant was here to sell drugs, his story did not add up and he and his mother concocted a easily disproven story for police,” Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof said.
“This was an example of excellent police work by JOLT, our county drug enforcement team. Hopefully these individuals and their friends get the message not to travel to our area to sell their drugs.”