Two Portage residents were arrested Friday after $3,000 in U.S. currency, narcotics, a “large quantity” of marijuana, documentation and drug paraphernalia were seized from 139 E. Howard St. in Portage.

Jimmy “nmi” Chandler, 38, and Molly A. Patchin, 35, were arrested after law enforcement officials executed a search warrant at the address on Friday, according to a news release from Columbia County Sheriff Dennis Richards.

The release said Patchin was arrested at the address and Chandler was arrested elsewhere in the city.

The release said the arrests followed a joint investigation by the Portage Police Department and the sheriff’s office.

The release said both were charged with felony possession with intent to deliver marijuana of more than 200 but less than 1,000 grams, felony maintaining a drug trafficking place, misdemeanor possession of a scheduled controlled substance, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Chandler also was arrested for violation of probation.

The release said additional charges and arrests were anticipated in the investigation.

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Bill Irwin
Bill Irwin

More than a half pound and less than 2 pounds is a "large quantity'?
Throw more people in jail for something that is legal in 17 states... What a waste of resources, wouldn't it be better to concentrate on stopping the flow of heroin in Columbia county?


I'm with Bill.
I don't use it, but this country needs to set some priorities. Putting weed smokers/dealers in jail does more harm than good. It hurts families and doesn't stop hardened criminals.

Btw Bill, have you been near Cambria lately to see the wind farm?
All I can say is good for us and HOLY CRAP THEY'RE BIG!



Normally I am with you, but on this one I'm not. Especially Jimmy Chandler. Do a CCAP on him and you will see that he is a major player in our communities when it comes to drugs. And Bill, they're working on the heroin situation. They were late to the party, but better late than never. I don't think that with society being the way that it is today that now is a good time to start deciding what are the really bad crimes and what crimes should have law enforcement and the judicial system "looking the other way." We are far too lenient with criminals now, to make it worse would be ill-advised.