Norwich Woman To Serve Longer Prison Time After Refusing To Cut Her Hair

By: Zachary Meseck

NORWICH – A woman who admitted to selling meth in Norwich was offered either six months or two years in state prison on Friday, before opting for two years because she didn’t want to cut her hair.

Mikiela B. Geaslen, 19, of Norwich was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, class B felonies, fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class D felony, and tampering with physical evidence, a class E felony. She pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance on Friday, and is expected to serve two years in prison followed by a year of probation.

According to court documents, in October 2018 the Norwich Police Department, along with the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office, conducted an investigation into the sales of narcotics and controlled substances in the City of Norwich.

The Norwich Police Department said the investigation was concluded with the arrest of Geaslen, after she allegedly possessed meth and crack cocaine.

“Officers and detectives approached the Norwich youth this afternoon on Birdsall Street,” said Norwich Police Chief Rodney Marsh. “When they did, the youth attempted to conceal and destroy the narcotics in a nearby mud puddle.”

In court on Friday, Geaslen turned down Shock Incarceration, a six month long drug treatment program that would have required her to shave her head, along with several other requirements. To the dismay of court officials she turned down the offer because she didn’t want to cut her hair.

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