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7 individuals face cocaine conspiracy indictment in Ohio

In August 2011, an individual who was cooperating with the Cleveland Police Department reported to detectives some information related to the Club Sin in Cleveland, which is now closed down. According to court papers, the information alleged that the owners of the club had been selling cocaine at the club and getting drugs from Florida and Chicago suppliers.

At that point, police officers launched an investigation that stretched into 2014. With the help of confidential informants and information received when they monitored the telephone calls of the former club's owner, a grand jury indictment was filed on Feb. 12. According to the indictment, investigators staged a sequence of drug buys from the men at several West Side locations.

When investigators questioned one of the club owners in December 2013, he rendered an admission to having processed cocaine. Investigators then filed a search warrant in January 2014. He was charged with three counts of using a phone related to a controlled substance felony, four counts of distributing cocaine and conspiracy. He also has previous federal and state drug offense convictions.

The other club owner is also facing some similar charges, which also include maintaining a drug house. According to the indictment, six other men were also charged in the conspiracy for participating, but in a lesser capacity, in the buying, selling and processing of cocaine.

When an individual is facing drug charges, the future could look bleak if he or she doesn't know where to turn for legal advice. A criminal lawyer with a background in defending people charged with drug trafficking or conspiracy could help the accused by exploring all of their available options. One of those options could be negotiating a plea deal for a lesser sentence where applicable.

Source: Cleveland.com, "Former downtown nightclub owner, six others indicted in cocaine trafficking conspiracy," Eric Heisig, Feb. 17, 2015

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