A raid on a house on Wakefield Drive in Akron, Ohio, led to the arrests of two men by the area's drug task force. Police say that they seized heroin in the form of bricks and black balls. According to court records, the heroin was valued at $240,000. Equipment for mixing and packaging drugs was also in the home.
A Loveland woman has been charged with using and selling drugs as well as child endangerment. The woman was arrested on Feb. 26 after police received a tip from a South Lebanon White Castle customer that she seemed impaired while at the fast-food restaurant.
On Feb. 20, it was reported that Ohio authorities seized drugs, a gun and cash in a home raid. According to the director of the task force in charge of the raid, the search warrant was served at a home located in the 9000 block of Elkton Road in Lisbon.
On Feb. 12, prosecutors in Ohio announced that 15 people were being indicted for allegedly running a fraudulent drug prescription ring. The 206-count indictment was a result of a purported prescription drug scheme that the defendants had been involved in between December 2012 and October 2014. Some of the charges in the indictment included drug possession, drug trafficking, conspiracy, theft and deception to obtain a dangerous drug.
On Nov. 13, the Ohio Highway Patrol performed a traffic stop that resulted in a motorist being charged with multiple felony drug offenses. The traffic stop occurred on the southbound side of Interstate 75 nearby Troy. The statement issued by police the next day claimed that the vehicle was initially pulled over for following too close on the interstate. However, troopers claim to have picked up the scent of burnt marijuana as they approached the vehicle.
Law enforcement officials took a 29-year-old man into custody after they allegedly discovered a significant quantity of marijuana in his vehicle. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the discovery was made during an Oct. 17 traffic stop on Interstate 71. The 29-year-old man, a Cincinnati resident, is facing felony charges of drug trafficking and drug possession.
A woman in Ohio was taken into custody on Sept. 5 after police raided her home in Huntington. A drug task force and the Huntington Police Department's Special Emphasis Unit reportedly obtained a search warrant before they detained the woman at her residence that afternoon. She faces a charge for possession with intent to sell a controlled substance, and she was held at Western Regional Jail on a $30,000 bond.
The basic premise of our criminal justice system allows anyone accused of a crime the presumption of innocence, which means that it is necessary for the state of Ohio to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the individual facing criminal charges is guilty. Moreover, if you are accused of a crime such as the possession, sale or trafficking of drugs, you have the right to refute those charges and present a defense to them in court. This article will focus on some of the defenses to drug charges.
A driver from Steubenville was pulled over by the Ohio State Highway Patrol for a traffic violation recently. While the trooper questioned the driver, he smelled what he believed to be marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle and saw what is alleged to have been "raw marijuana shake" on the floor of the vehicle. As a result of this traffic stop, the driver and his two passengers have been arrested on drug charges.
In the ongoing war against drug trafficking, police are called upon to be vigilant and to follow up on any suspicious circumstance they might encounter, no matter how innocent the scenario may turn out to be. This was the case in Wickliffe on the morning of March 6, when a 42-year-old Cleveland man was pursued and detained by police after allegedly taking part in a drug deal. He now faces felony charges of fleeing police and drug charges for heroin possession.