LIMA — A 43-year-old Lima man with a history of drug-related felony convictions and prison sentences dating back to his days as a juvenile is on his way back behind bars.
Carlton Burns was sentenced Friday in Allen County Common Pleas Court to three years in prison on a first-degree felony charge of possession of cocaine. Included as part of the sentence was his forfeiture of $2,045 gained as part of his criminal enterprise.
Burns was taken into custody following the execution on June 1 of this year of a search warrant at a residence at 438 Orena Ave., Lima. The warrant was served by members of the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force, with assistance from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team.
During the execution of that warrant approximately 52 grams of what was later found to be crack cocaine was found in an upstairs bedroom at the home.
According to court documents, Burns admitted the drugs were his.
Judge David Cheney cited Burns’ lengthy criminal history that includes nine prior felony convictions and four stints in prison and said the most recent incident shows “a continuation of the behavior that has been evident over the past 20 years.”
Burns said he was holding the drugs for another person and simply “put myself in a bad situation trying to help someone else out.”