Man accused in marijuana mailing scheme sentenced to prison

1:52 p.m Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 Local
Darrell Branscum (Contributed Photo/Miami County Jail)

A Sidney man who pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to mail marijuana was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison.

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Darrell Branscum, 34, pleaded guilty in October to felony attempted drug possession, reduced from conspiracy to commit drug possession in Miami County Common Pleas Court.

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As part of the plea agreement prosecutors agreed to recommend an 18-month prison sentence. The sentence was imposed Tuesday by Judge Jeannine Pratt.
Branscum was arrested in Piqua in February following an investigation that included postal inspectors and the Miami County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Dave Duchak said the investigation was sparked by a tip that several pounds of marijuana would be sent from California to addresses in Piqua and Sidney. The packages were intercepted.