Chatham man jailed for drug trafficking, weapons offences

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A Chatham man has been sentenced to nearly seven years in jail after pleading guilty to drug-trafficking and weapons charges in a Chatham court Monday.

According to court documents, Jeremy Neely, 36, was found guilty of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, which resulted in him receiving a sentence of six years and 10 months.

He was also found guilty of another count of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking that came with a four-year sentence to be served concurrently.

Neely pleaded guilty to three separate weapon charges – possession of a prohibited firearm, possession of a prohibited weapon and altering a serial number of a firearm. He was sentenced to three years in custody for each of these convictions to be served concurrently with the drug charges.

He also entered a guilty plea for mischief with a value more than $5,000 that resulted in a 90-day sentence to also be served concurrently.

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The groundwork for the charges against Neely stemmed from Chatham-Kent police responding to a May 12 call about a suspicious man at a hotel in Chatham.

When police arrived on the afternoon of May 12 to investigate these reports, officers found Neely and two women inside a hotel room with a significant amount of illegal drugs and weapons.

The trio were arrested pending further investigation by police.

Members of the Chatham-Kent police intelligence unit returned on May 13 armed with a warrant to search the hotel room, tunring up $330,000 worth of drugs, including fentanyl and methamphetamine, a 9mm pistol and $16,000 in cash.

eshreve@postmedia.com

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