Suspect in drug sale case takes plea agreement |

Suspect in drug sale case takes plea agreement

A man facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, as well as possession and transportation of a controlled substance for sale, has pleaded no contest to one count of possession for sale, in return for a three-year split sentence.

Kevin Michael Leahy will serve one year of that prison sentence locally, in county jail, and then will serve two years on mandatory supervision.

Leahy was pulled over May 10 by a Nevada County Sheriff’s detective, and was found with a glass pipe and a prescription bottle containing 14 Dilaudid pills, as well as a small baggie with 1.04 grams crystal meth, and $300 in cash.

His female passenger had a blue nylon bag that contained a digital scale, a metal spoon and two baggies of meth totaling more than 70 grams, which reportedly belonged to Leahy.

Leahy had several prior felony drug convictions that were reduced to misdemeanors under Prop. 47.

In 2012, he was facing a sale charge but took a no-contest plea for possession. In 2014, he took no-contest pleas to possession of controlled substances in two separate cases that were also knocked down to misdemeanors.

He originally was sentenced to serve a prison sentence locally; he was sentenced instead to probation when the charges were reduced to misdemeanors in November.

Leahy changed his plea in Nevada County Superior Court on Friday. His attorney, Bill Walker, asked that he be allowed to enroll in an inpatient drug treatment program, but Judge Candace Heidelberger said her ability to OK that was limited by the plea agreement.

After some wrangling, during which Deputy District Attorney Oliver Pong accused Walker of a last-minute ambush, Leahy agreed to serve the year in county jail before seeking inpatient treatment.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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