Lisbon man gets probation in drug trafficking case

LISBON- A Lisbon man who previously pleaded guilty to trafficking in drugs with a forfeiture specification and drug possession was sentenced to five years probation when he appeared in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court on Monday.

Barry Weyand, 40, state Route 164, according to Assistant County Prosecutor Tammie Riley Jones has no prior convictions and was eligible for a minimum sentence.

Weyand’s attorney, Joe King, said he came into his office and stated that even more frightening than going to court was having to explain to his teenage children that he was about to be arrested for trafficking in drugs.

His employer, Pat McAleese, the owner of Columbiana Floral Co., spoke on Weyand’s behalf, noting he knew when Weyand went down the wrong path. According to McAleese, Weyand went from being a good employee who stayed late to someone in trouble, and has now rededicated himself.

“I think Barry has really refocused his life,” McAleese said, adding Weyand has children and is working hard again. “He has been a good employee.”

King said it was a matter of the Drug Task Force going through Weyand’s garbage and finding drug-related materials, which led to the search warrant and charge. Weyand’s drug trafficking charge was due to police finding between 200 and 1,000 grams of marijuana and $1,170 on May 9, 2012.

He pleaded guilty this past August.