L'burg man and his girlfriend sentenced on drug charges

Friday, January 17, 2014

By Karen Hall

Editor

A Lewisburg man who pleaded guilty to drug charges was sentenced to nine years in prison, and fined a total of $6,000.

Jesse Thomas Owens, 33, of Nashville Highway, was indicted in September. He was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule I controlled substance (N-benzylpiperazine) and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.

According to documents in his case file, Owens admitted to agents of the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force that he had been involved in the illegal drug trade for the last year and a half.

Agents used confidential informants to make several purchases from Owens before obtaining a search warrant for a home on Holly Grove Road. Owen was not there the day the search warrant was executed, but his girlfriend, Alicia D. Flickinger, 33, of Fishing Ford Road, was.

"Owen told me Alicia takes care of his customers while he is at work," wrote 17th JDDTF Assistant Director Tim Miller.

Flickinger also pleaded guilty to the charge of possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule I controlled substance and was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine.

Owens and Flickinger will each be eligible for parole board hearings when they have completed 30 percent of their sentences.

When the house on Holly Grove Road was searched, agents found 10 bags of marijuana, two bags of Ecstasy pills, and Molly's Plant Food, as well as weapons and money.

N-benzylpiperazine or BZP is a recreational drug that produces feeling of euphoria and stimulation. Molly's Plant Food is a synthetic hallucinogenic amphetamine.

Also pleading guilty recently were:

* Shane E. Jones, 39, of Harwell Avenue. Jones pleaded guilty to his fifth charge of driving under the influence, as well as driving on a revoked license. He was stopped for speeding on North Ellington Parkway about 11 p.m. June 23. Jones was driving an unregistered 1993 Chevy S14 which had the license plate of another vehicle. Jones was sentenced to three years in prison, of which he must served 35 percent before being eligible for a parole board hearing. He was also ordered to pay court costs of $1,005.50 and a fine of $3,000.

* William A. McKnight, 23, pleaded guilty to vandalism less than $500. McKnight had nine months added to the sentence he is already serving in Marshall County Jail. On June 18, McKnight tore the sprinkler head out of the ceiling of his cell, flooding part of the jail.