Ottawa man sentenced to 15 years in prison for trafficking meth

A judge imposed a 15-year prison term on an Ottawa man who has admitted to trafficking methamphetamine into the state.

James New, 47, will serve the time in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute the drug in Franklin County from December 2010 to March 2012, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Law enforcement uncovered the drug dealings Mar. 21, 2012, when officers stopped New's car and seized meth, scales, plastic bags and more than $22,000 cash from inside, Grissom said. During their investigation, authorities learned New had been buying $10,000 of meth – 10 ounces – twice a week and distributing it within the county.

Also sentenced in the case were Jessica Blackstone, who received 116 months in federal prison, and Nicholas Griffin, who got 75 months, Grissom said.