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Search for fugitive leads to drug and gun seizures

Authorities in Ohio reported on Jan. 24 that a multi-agency law enforcement operation to capture a fugitive led to the man's arrest and the seizure of firearms, illegal drugs and cash. The operation took place in Akron's Sherbondy Hill neighborhood at approximately 2:20 p.m. Officers from the Akron Police Department were assisted during the operation by members of the U.S. Marshals Service and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Officers, agents and marshals tracked the 30-year-old man to a residence on Raymond Street. Initial reports do not reveal what led law enforcement to believe that the man was using the home. The man fled the house through a back door, but he was subdued quickly and taken into custody. During the ensuing search of the premises, police allegedly discovered about 11 pounds of methamphetamine, approximately 45 grams of marijuana, an undisclosed quantity of opioid pills, three cellphones and two semiautomatic handguns. The search is also said to have yielded about $13,000 in U.S. currency and several items commonly used to package and distribute drugs.

The man faces a raft of charges including possession of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property, and narcotics trafficking. He was being sought for violating the conditions of his parole and possessing a firearm while a fugitive from justice. After being taken into custody, the man was transported to the Summit County Jail for processing.

Experienced criminal defense attorneys may advise their clients to consider entering into a negotiated plea agreement when prosecutors have overwhelming evidence and official reports indicate that police officers acted properly. The penalties for drug charges can be severe, but prosecutors may be willing to lower them significantly during plea discussions. When the evidence is less compelling or their clients maintain that they did nothing wrong, attorneys could suggest rejecting plea offers in favor of arguing the facts in court.

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