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Columbus man sentenced to 3 years in prison for drug trafficking crimes

A Columbus man was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday after admitting he committed drug trafficking crimes.

Coty R. Snyder, 32, pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, all third-degree felonies, during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom.

Shuff followed the joint recommendation and sentenced Snyder to three years in prison, with credit for 15 days served.

Seneca County Prosecutor’s Office agreed not to oppose a timely filed motion for judicial release as long as Snyder enters and completes CROSSWAEH.

“Think smart,” Shuff told Snyder.

Snyder must pay a $400 fine to Seneca County Drug Task Force – METRICH Enforcement Unit.

He had been charged after an undercover operation in May.

The drug task force had conducted the undercover “sting” operation with assistance from Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, Fostoria Police Department and Ohio Attorney General’s Office’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Narcotics Division.

After the operation, a traffic stop was conducted on Snyder’s vehicle, and suspected prescription pills were found in the vehicle, according to a release.

Later Tuesday, Snyder’s mother, Tina R. Kiesel, 52, of Fostoria, was sentenced to prison during a hearing in Shuff’s courtroom.

Kiesel pleaded guilty to a charge of complicity to aggravated trafficking of drugs, a third-degree felony.

Shuff followed the joint recommendation and sentenced her to 18 months in prison, with credit for 96 days served.

The prosecutor’s office agreed not to oppose a timely filed motion for judicial release if there are no unfavorable reports from the institution.

Kiesel apologized before sentencing. She said she made a stupid decision and was ashamed.

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