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Youngstown woman gets year in prison for drug trafficking

October 27, 2012

LISBON - A one-year prison sentence was handed down by Judge C. Ashley Pike in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Friday to Cynthia Anderson, the sister of a woman sentenced to two years last week for drug trafficking.

Cynthia Anderson, 48, of Youngstown, pleaded in August to complicity to trafficking in drugs for accompanying her sister, Carolyn Anderson, to Leetonia where her sister sold 86 Oxycodone tablets to a confidential informant for $2,100.

While Assistant County Prosecutor Tammie Riley Jones said Cynthia Anderson was the one who had a relationship with the confidential informant and set up the sale for her sister, Anderson's attorney Katherine E. Rudzik claimed her client had a brief dating relationship with the informant four or five years ago. According to Rudzik, Carolyn Anderson set up the deal herself and her client was a "marginal participant."

"She did not arrange it," Rudzik said of her client, "but she did know it may happen on this ride. One of her biggest regrets was she did not put her foot down and have her sister drop her off at home, or even try to stop her sister."

Jones said it was Cynthia Anderson who counted the money after the deal was made. The vehicle they were driving was immediately stopped by authorities.

Cynthia Anderson apologized to the court and spoke of her two children and her two grandchildren prior to sentencing.



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