Drug cases highlight Superior Court

By The Herald


* Earl G. Wright, 48, of Raymond was sentenced to 40 months in prison for three counts of delivery of methamphetamine and one count of possession of methamphetamine. "The Pacific County Drug Task Force did an exceptional job with their undercover investigation into Wright's methamphetamine dealing and we were able to secure a plea," said Pacific County Prosecutor Mark McClain. "I agreed to a prison-based drug treatment alternative for Wright, which will result in 20 months in prison followed by 20 months of community custody with the Department of Corrections. If he fails to complete the treatment ordered, he will be returned to prison to serve the additional 20 months in prison."

* Randy S. Zirbel Jr, 35, of Tokeland, entered a guilty plea to possession of methamphetamine and contempt (for his failure to pay his child support obligations). Zirbel Jr. had been ordered to pay 50 per month in child support, which he failed to pay. In certain matters where public assistance is involved, the Pacific County Prosecutor's Office is involved to ensure child support payments are timely made.

"Mr. Zerbel Jr. was directed to appear and show why he wasn't making his child support payments and he failed to appear, and a warrant issued. When Zerbel Jr. was arrested on his warrant he had methamphetamine on him." said Pacific County Prosecutor Mark McClain.

Zerbel Jr. was ordered to serve 60 days in jail and 12 months of Department of Corrections supervision where he will be required to complete a drug evaluation and treatment.

"I believed 30 days in jail was warranted for his failure to pay his child support," McClain added.

* Nicholas A. Brown, of Long Beach, entered a guilty plea to possession of methamphetamine. Brown had been arrested on outstanding warrants and methamphetamine was located in his sock. Brown indicated someone had just handed it to him because he believed he was about to be arrested on a warrant. Brown was sentenced as a first time offender (felon) and was ordered to serve 30 days in jail followed by 12 months of community custody with the Department of Corrections where he will be required to complete drug treatment.