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IN COURT: Man sentenced for drugs at Duff’s

October 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A man convicted for using drugs at a local bar in Columbia City received the maximum prison sentence Monday.

Chadwick L. Sweet, 36, was sentenced to three years to the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC), for maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony.

Sweet was ordered by Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer to serve the entire time behind bars.

The maximum sentence for a Class D felony is three years.

Sweet was originally arrested in April, when he was caught using drugs in the restroom at Duff’s in Columbia City.

Sweet initially charged with dealing a schedule II controlled substance, a Class B felony.

His attorney, Brad Voelz, said a resolution to the case was quickly made once Sweet felt he was charged correctly.

“There was no evidence of dealing,” he said. “The compromise negotiation was to agree to pleading (guilty) to maintaining a common nuisance.”

Witnesses said they saw Sweet and another man in the men’s restroom at Duff’s.

The two were allegedly snorting a powdery substance off of a toilet tank.

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