FALLS CITY – Ty Larson, 25, of Falls City was sentenced to 30 months probation Tuesday for delivery of marijuana and possession of money during a drug crime in October of 2021.

Deputy Richardson County Attorney Samantha Scheitel and Defense Attorney Dylan Handley agreed that Larson suffers from “cannabis disorder.”

Scheitel said he needs residential addiction treatment, but asked the judge for some jail time for Larson because of multiple controlled buys.

An arrest warrant says the Richardson County Sheriff’s Office conducted controlled buys last winter.

Defense Attorney Dylan Handley said he does not want to minimize what Larson has done, but he questioned whether Larson had the sophistication to conduct all the marijuana transactions had they not been set up by the sheriff’s office.

Handley: “I’m not saying he was tricked, but he’s not what you would call a ‘wheel and deal’ drug dealer.”

Judge Julie Smith noted an active warrant for Larson out of Kansas and agreed that he might benefit from residential addiction treatment.

She said while she does not like sentencing someone to probation while they have an active fugitive warrant in another state, she wants Larson in residential treatment while that option is still available to him.

She said some facilities will not take a client if they have been clean for a while, even if the reason they are clean is because they were in jail.

Scheitel interjected that she is asking for jail time up front, as well as a probation sentence.

The judge sentenced Larson to 10 to 53 days in jail, allowing his release after 10 days if he is going to residential treatment. He was placed on probation for 30 months.