Police had received numerous complaints about a home in Youngstown, and officers finally did something about it. Officers obtained a search warrant and executed a drug raid on the home on October 11. As a result, three arrests were made.
Besides finding several people inside the home, police also found drugs, money and guns. There were three baggies of marijuana, one baggie of crack cocaine, 44 alprazolam pills, three digital scales and $1,024 in cash.
Two men, ages 18 and 25, were arrested and charged with drug possession. A 23-year old woman was also arrested for an outstanding warrant for violating a seat belt law.
The Youngstown Police Department claimed that the house engaged in drug sales at all hours of the day. People would come by every five minutes to buy drugs. Officers became aware that the people inside the home were selling marijuana, heroin, cocaine and crack.
There were four children in the home belonging to the woman. They are now in the custody of their grandmother. Unfortunately, many drug houses that police officers come across have children living in them. Because drug use and trafficking can lead to murder and other serious crimes, people are putting their children’s lives in danger.
While heroin is currently the drug of choice in Ohio, fentanyl could soon take over that distinction. The three people arrested in the raid will appear in court at a later date to determine their punishment.
Ohio Drug Laws and Penalties
Ohio Revised Code 2925.11 outlines laws involving the possession of controlled substances. Drug possession and trafficking penalties depend on the type of drug and the amount in possession. Even marijuana possession can result in a felony charge. For 200-1,000 grams, the penalties are one year in jail and a fine of $2,500. If a person is in possession of more than 40,000 grams of marijuana, the penalties increase to a $20,000 fine and mandatory minimum sentence of eight years.
All trafficking charges—even those that involve marijuana—are felonies. For trafficking convictions, prison time is almost always mandatory. Sentences can range from six months to 11 years. Fines can range from $2,500 to $20,000, depending on the level of felony (fifth degree vs. first degree). Other penalties may include payment of court costs, forfeiture of assets and profits related to the drug crimes, loss of driver’s license and loss of one’s professional license.
Ohio drug laws can be complicated, and any aggravating factors—such as prior offenses or selling to minors—can enhance penalties even further.
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