A 19-year-old Licking County man who videotaped himself forcing a toddler to smoke marijuana was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in federal prison for drug and weapons convictions.
Melvin Blevins of Pataskala must serve five years' probation after completing the sentence, imposed by U.S. District Judge Michael Watson in Columbus. Blevins was part of a marijuana-trafficking ring led by Donald G. Dailey Jr., federal prosecutors said. Blevins helped unload bales of marijuana at Dailey's house in Pataskala on several occasions between Jan. 1 and March 14, 2008, and conducted surveillance for Dailey.
In January 2008, Blevins and Dailey's daughter, Angel Dailey, then 16, videotaped themselves forcing an 18-month-old girl to inhale marijuana smoke from a pipe.
On April 3, 2008, investigators recovered a .22-caliber handgun and 14 dosage units of Ecstasy from Blevins. He pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and distribution of marijuana to a person younger than 21.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 3:03 AM
By John Futty
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