Pipeline pill dealer sentenced to 8 years

By Kevin Wheatley Published:

A Bellepoint man who told sheriff’s deputies he made $2,000 a week selling out-of-state prescription painkillers has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

John Shramm, 38, sold 30mg Percocet pills to a confidential witness Feb. 24 and March 6, court records show. He was immediately taken into custody.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office found $11,993 in cash, 24 Percocet pills, 13 prescription slips from Garden City, Ga., several empty pill bottles and six Diazepam pills during a search of Shramm’s Augusta Street home March 7, court documents say.

Mark Bubenzer, Shramm’s attorney, didn’t ask Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd toconsider probation. Bubenzer said he might consider a move for shock probation in about six months.

Shepherd also ordered that everything seized during the search – including the nearly $12,000 found at Shramm’s residence – be confiscated and forfeited to the sheriff’s office.

Fifteen percent of the money – roughly $1,800 – will go to Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland’s office, the order says.

Shramm told sheriff’s deputies during his arrest that he got pills from Florida and averaged $2,000 per week in profit, court documents say.  He said he used the money to provide for his family, court records show.

A witness, 22-year-old Amanda Allen, said in a written statement that Shramm went to a Georgia doctor after the Florida office was closed and sold between 400 and 600 pills. She said there were no drugs or weapons in the house to her knowledge, according to the statement, which was signed March 7.

Shramm pleaded guilty May 4 to two counts of first-degree trafficking in Percocet pills.

He’ll be eligible for parole after serving one year, seven months of his sentence.

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