Piqua man sentenced on drug charges

By Jordan Green

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PIQUA — A Piqua man was sentenced to three years of community control for aggravated possession of methamphetamine.

Jeffery A. Jimenez, 24, of Piqua, was charged with fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of drugs (methamphetamine) in February of 2022, later pleading guilty in June of this year.

On Monday, Jimenez was sentenced to three years of community control subject to conditions in Miami County Common Pleas Court.

Public defender Joseph Fulker spoke on Jimenez’s behalf, saying Jimenez has struggled with addiction during his adult life and has been participating in drug treatment programs.

“He is determined to deal with his drug addiction,” said Fulker.

“I know I can do better as long as I am given an opportunity,” said Jimenez.

Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeannine Pratt went over Jimenez’s criminal history. Jimenez has no juvenile history. As an adult, he has faced charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal damaging.

Pratt determined Jimenez was eligible for community control as he is not expected to cause physical harm to persons or property. His three-year sentence of community control is subject to conditions. Jimenez must successfully complete and out patient drug program, obtain and keep full-time, verifiable employment, and complete 30 hours of community service among other conditions. Any violation of these conditions will result in jail time.

“It is good that you have gone to inpatient and now you can build upon where you are at now,” said Pratt, adding that the court will give him the resources to rehabilitate but that he must do the work.

Jimenez received a jail credit of 21 days and his sentence will end on July 18, 2025.