The teenager who sold high-grade marijuana to suburban high-school classmates will find himself locked up for at least several months following his sentencing this week. According to the Associated Press, Tyler Pagenstecher was sentenced to serve six months to three years in a juvenile facility and was immediately taken in to custody.
The well-publicized story of Pagenstecher began when the local police broke up a marijuana growing and distribution ring last year. At the time, he was 17 and the youngest arrested in the group.
According to reports, he was selling the drugs from his home, not in school, and this allowed him to remain undetected for some time. At the peak of business, he was selling “up to $20,000” in high grade marijuana each and every month.
Seven adults were arrested following the investigation. They were growing the marijuana in a furniture warehouse and two homes. Four of the adults have pled not guilty and the others have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.
The Warren County Drug Task Force seized more than 600 plants during the operation, valued at $3 million in all or $5,000 per pound. They also found $6,000 in the young man’s room.
“I think that probably when people originally heard this story they thought this guy was a hero or a rock star,” said prosecutor David Fornshell. I think any juvenile who would come in here today and see somebody go through what this juvenile went through today, and the fact that (if) he doesn’t cooperate in the Department of Youth Services, he’s going to be in there until his 21st birthday — I hope that sends a strong message.”
By all accounts, the teen wasn’t living a lavish, drug “czar” lifestyle. His mother said she didn’t even know what he was up to during his selling. He didn’t buy fancy clothes or a car. He just sold marijuana and stashed the profits.
Because he wasn’t violent, didn’t have any weapons, and was a good student, the judge said, his sentence was considerably lighter than it could have been. Since his arrest, he had attended drug treatment and got a job at a local restaurant.
At the time of his arrest he was only a few classes short of graduating. Now, he’ll likely be earning his GED behind bars.
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