Fremont man sentenced to prison on drug charges

Arlando C. Crowe (right) is escorted by Sgt. Dave Pahl of Seneca County Sheriff's Office after being sentenced to prison by Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley Tuesday afternoon.

A Fremont man who admitted he trafficked drugs was sentenced to about five and a half years in prison by Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley on Tuesday afternoon.

Arlando C. Crowe, 40, had been charged with four counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, fourth-degree felonies, and aggravated possession of drugs and two counts of trafficking in cocaine, fifth-degree felonies.

In March, he pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, both fourth-degree felonies, and two counts of trafficking in cocaine, both fifth-degree felonies.

One of the charges was amended Tuesday to trafficking in a Fentanyl-related compound, a fifth-degree felony.

Crowe also admitted he violated his judicial release from a case in 2016.

He had pleaded guilty to three counts of trafficking in crack cocaine, one fourth-degree felony and two fifth-degree felonies. He was sentenced to two years in prison in November 2016 and was granted judicial release in June 2017, according to court records.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Kelbley sentenced Crowe to five years, eight months in prison, with credit for about a year served. He ordered Crowe to pay a $320 fine to Seneca County Drug Task Force – METRICH Enforcement Unit.

Kelbley told Crowe it was time to change and said he could see his mother was “just broken up.”

Crowe is to forfeit $348 and an iPhone.

Stephanie Kiser, assistant Seneca County prosecutor, said Crowe, who had served more than 10 years in prison for various offenses, once again was poisoning the community. The victim is society, she said.

Crowe had failed to take advantage of treatment opportunities, Kiser said.

“He continues to poison the community and sell numerous different dangerous drugs. … Defendant demonstrates a pattern of drug use,” she said.

Crowe apologized before sentencing and said he had failed his mother and children. He said he was doing well, was going through a tough time and was partying with women.

“I’m sorry,” he said.

His attorney, Jonathan McGookey, said Crowe had begun GED classes, got a job and worked through the temporary period, and knew the criminal behavior was wrong.

“He feels bad,” he said.