Poole Sentenced to Periodic Imprisonment, Probation for Drug Offenses

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Published on October 3 2012 11:44 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The Altamont man found guilty of possession with intent to deliver controlled substance has been sentenced to periodic imprisonment.

Judge Michael Kiley Tuesday sentenced 38-year-old Jimmie Poole to three years periodic imprisonment along with four years probation with special conditions for one of two counts.  He received 30 months probation and a fine for the other offense.

Poole was accused of selling addictive substances all under the banner of "K2".  The lookalike drugs or fake weed as they're sometimes termed were sold by Poole from his Gemini Coin store in Village Square Mall.

The arrest of Poole and an employee at the store, 36-year-old Scott Baldwin of Effingham, came in 2011, about a week after the Effingham County Board passed legislation banning such substances if they contain certain chemicals.  The county-passed legislation only calls for fines.

However, Effingham County State's Attorney Ed Deters said at the time that the item being sold contained controlled substance, making the act a felony with the potential of prison time.

Deters had young people who shared about their experiences using the substances purchased from the store, including hospitalization and rehab stints.  The defense contended that the young people had also utilized other substances and had obtained the substances from other locations or from individuals.

Baldwin earlier pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and was given jail time and a fine.