CF man gets prison for heroin sale
IRON MOUNTAIN — A Crystal Falls man will spend at least six years in prison after a jury found him guilty in September of selling heroin to a police informant in the Iron Mountain-Kingsford area twice in March.
Paul Dwayne Scott, 36, was sentenced Monday in Dickinson County Circuit Court on two counts of delivery of heroin. Since Judge Mary Barglind determined he had a habitual offender-fourth status, the maximum possible penalty for each charge was life in prison.
Scott maintains his innocence, and has filed several post-trial motions claiming the informant acted inappropriately, defense attorney Grant Carlson told the court.
The evidence proved otherwise, Dickinson County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Kristin Kass argued, and showed Scott brought the “dangerous” drug of heroin into the Dickinson County community.
Scott now has 10 felonies on his record and 25 total convictions as an adult, Kass added.
Barglind counted Scott’s lengthy criminal record, limited employment history and lack of remorse against him but noted his intelligence and family ties may help him change his ways.
The judge opted for a sentence on the upper end of the sentencing guideline that ranged from 19 to 76 months.
Throughout Scott’s three-day trial in September, Kass claimed he sold two “bindles” of heroin to the police informant for $150 on two occasions: March 9 outside the Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain and March 26 outside ManorCare Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Kingsford.
Each time, Scott and his co-defendant, Heather Brazeika, picked up the informant in their vehicle and drove around for about five minutes before dropping him off in the same place, according to testimony.
However, the defense contended the informant framed Scott by hiding heroin in his underwear and turning that over to police. Scott testified he and Brazeika only picked up the informant on the two dates because the informant wanted to repay money he owed Scott.
Brazeika was sentenced earlier this year to six months in jail and one year of probation.