Repeat drug offender sentenced to treatment |

Repeat drug offender sentenced to treatment

To the relief of his family and friends, repeat drug offender Dwaine Frye was sentenced Tuesday in Nevada County Superior Court to a two-year in-patient drug rehabilitation program, instead of a prison sentence.

If Frye violates the terms of his seven-year probation, he will be sent to state prison for 16 years, the maximum sentence for the 15 drug charges he faced, said Nevada County Superior Court Judge John Darlington.

Darlington said several letters of support from the community on Frye’s behalf influenced his decision to give Frye a chance at rehabilitation.

If not for the outpouring of support, he said, Frye would most likely be going to prison.

“The number of letters is unprecedented in the 30-plus years I’ve been in this business,” Darlington said. “Frye has put some serious effort into helping people in the addiction community.”

Frye was clean and sober for seven years and worked with the local sobriety community, said Nevada County Public Defender Thomas Anderson, before his latest arrests.

Frye was arrested in Dec. 2004 on suspicion of possession, sale and transportation of methamphetamine.

The 43-year-old Frye posted bond and was arrested in April on the same charges, and posted bond again.

In July, he was arrested again on the same charges. The latest arrest on Nov. 2 was again on the same charges.

As part of Frye’s sentence, he must also participate in a one-year outpatient program after completion of the in-patient program, submit to drug and alcohol testing, register as a drug offender wherever he lives and pay a $1,656 fine.

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