A local man was placed on probation for a decade for dealing drugs after he was caught selling meth to an undercover agent.
The defendant, Barry James Mix, was placed on probation for 10 years by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley as part of his plea bargain agreement which saw him plead guilty to charges of delivery of drugs and felony theft. He will also be required to pay a $2,000 drug fine and perform 16 hours public service work. He has been accepted into the drug court program which is an 18-month rehabilitation project aimed at cutting down on recidivism by offenders.
In addition to Mix getting probation, his co-defendant, Jimmy Comfort, also avoided jail time during his plea earlier this year. He was given a three-year judicial diversion, meaning his criminal record will be erased provided he gets into no trouble during his three-year probationary period.
The men were indicted after drugs were sold to an undercover operative. In Comfort’s application for diversion, he laid out the story of the night he and Mix made the illegal drug sale. The co-defendant recalled he and Mix met a woman in a parking lot near the playground off Beersheba Street.
“We pulled up and a lady was in the parking lot,” Comfort began. “Barry reached over to the middle compartment and grabs his container that had his dope in it.”
Comfort said plans were made about what to do if something went wrong with the drug deal.
“If something happens, don’t tell me what your giving me, just hand it to me and I’ll eat it,” Comfort said in his statement, noting on that occasion Mix gave the woman a gram of meth.
In addition to the drug dealing charges, Mix entered a plea to stealing scrap metal from a barn.