San Juan 18-year-old gets one year for dealing cocaine, heroin

A San Juan Island teen who admitted to selling cocaine and heroin to an undercover informant on four separate occasions in September was ordered to serve a year in jail after pleading guilty last week to four felony drug offenses.

On May 18, Christopher William Faylor, 18, pleaded guilty in San Juan County Superior Court to four counts of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, three of which involved the sale of a gram of cocaine and one involving an equal amount of heroin.

A Class B felony, conspiracy to deliver carries maximum penalties of 10 years in prison, a $25,000 fine or both; however, the standard range of sentencing set by the state is zero to 365 days.

Faylor had no prior criminal convictions.

Under the sentence handed down by Judge Don Eaton, Faylor was ordered to serve a year in jail, six months of which he will be allowed to serve on home-electronic monitoring. He was also ordered to pay $1,260 in fines and fees, and to serve two years probation. He was credited with having served four days of the 6-month jail term and 129 days of the home-electronic monitoring portion of the sentence.

As recommended by both prosecutors and defense attorney Stephen Brandli, Faylor will serve two years of probation, which exceeds the standard set by the state for “community custody” by 365 days.

A senior at Friday Harbor High School, Faylor was taken into custody at the high school Jan. 6 following a narcotics investigation by local detectives. He was escorted out of the high school in handcuffs at the time of the mid-morning arrest. Sheriff Rob Nou said the department launched its investigation after receiving numerous tips that Faylor  had been both using and dealing drugs.

According to court documents, authorities relied on an informant to make the serries of drug tranasctions for which Faylor was later arrested and prosecuted.


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