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Crack dealer gets 18 months

GREENFIELD — A local crack dealer was sentenced to 18 months in county jail.

Tara Shippee, 40, of 1 Bouker St., pleaded guilty in Franklin Superior Court to a charge of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. She was sentenced to 18 months in jail by Judge Bertha Josephson Thursday, and given credit for 295 days served while awaiting trial.

Shippee already had two prior convictions for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute when police raided her house last Nov. 14.

When police asked her where she was hiding the drugs, Shippee told them she had “a bunch of drugs and money” in an electrical box by her hot tub. Police found nothing but empty bags there, but discovered three bags of cocaine in her jacket pocket and arrested her.

November’s raid was the third time police had served a search warrant at Shippee’s house.

A May 2013 raid netted 37 rocks of crack, cash and two digital scales, and police found four crack rocks in a July 2013 raid. Shippee was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute in both cases, and later pleaded guilty. She was given a suspended one-year jail sentence and two years of probation on each charge.

She was also found in violation of her probation for a 2011 drunken driving case. She was given six months in jail for the violation, which she has already served.

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