On April 15, Ohio authorities arrested two individuals for allegedly distributing methamphetamine from a rural farm in Kimbolton. The bust led to the seizure of more than 55 pounds of drugs.
According to local news reports, law enforcement agents from the Licking County Sheriff's Office and the Newark Police Department received information about two people who were allegedly selling large amounts of meth in the area. This information also led to investigations in Muskingum County and Guernsey County. The two defendants were taken into custody in Dresden, and a search warrant was served at their residence in Kimbolton. During a search of the property, agents allegedly uncovered and seized 5 pounds of methamphetamine, 50 pounds of marijuana, several ounces of cocaine, an unspecified amount of psilocybin mushrooms, hundreds of THC vape pens, two vehicles, three firearms, and over $160,000.
The defendants, a 40-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman, were each taken to Muskingum County Jail and charged with two counts of first-degree felony trafficking of drugs and one count of first-degree felony engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. All the charges have been attached with major drug offender specifications, which carry mandatory prison sentences in the event of a conviction. The man is being held on a $2 million bond, and the woman is being held on a $1.5 million bond.
Individuals facing serious drug charges could help their situation by working with a criminal defense attorney. The attorney could investigate the case, challenge evidence, and do everything possible to protect the defendant's future. For instance, it may be possible to negotiate a plea deal with prosecutors that reduces the charges, which could lead to a lighter sentence.
Source: Y City News, "Major drug bust jails two on multi-million dollar bonds, more indictments coming", Jessica Johnston, April 18, 2019