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Posted: Friday, April 29, 2016 12:00 am

His arrest for trying to sell drugs to a motorist in Crestline on Feb. 27 led on April 12 to a 32-month state prison sentence for a Montclair man with a drug history dating back five years.

Court records say Daniel James Trimble, 48, pleaded no contest at his pre-preliminary hearing to a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Judge Cheryl C. Kersey sentenced Trimble to the low term of two years and eight months and dismissed two additional felony drug counts and 15 additional sentencing enhancements that could have resulted in a lengthy prison term.

Trimble was arrested after a sheriff’s deputy reportedly spotted him leaning into a car on Lake Drive at Wildrose Lane, apparently conducting a hand-to-hand drug sale to its driver.

Noticing the car had a nonfunctioning taillight, the deputy approached the car and contacted Trimble, who was on probation. The lawman reported finding methamphetamine and heroin inside the car. The female motorist, who apparently had not actually purchased the drugs, was not arrested.

According to court documents, Trimble pleaded guilty in June of 2011 to a felony count of drug possession and got 487 days in county jail, as well as probation.

For failing to meet the terms of his probation, Trimble had his probation revoked on Nov. 4, 2013, and was sentenced to 16 months in prison. After completing his term, court records say, he petitioned successfully to have that offense reduced to a misdemeanor.

In his most recent case, Trimble had been charged with five sentencing enhancements, each of which could have added three-year consecutive prison terms for each prior felony drug conviction, as well as 10 enhancements which each could have added another year to his sentence for each prior prison term he had served. All fifteen were dismissed following his plea.

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