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Ohio undercover police bust drug trafficking

An Ohio investigation by undercover police officers led to an arrest for drug trafficking this past week. The man accused of drug trafficking was allegedly in possession of heroin and morphine. The trafficking of heroin in Ohio has escalated and includes the trafficking of Mexican brown tar heroin and powered heroin. The escalation of heroin trafficking and the rise in heroin abuse has created opportunities for police officers to increase arrest rates and aggressively charge those arrested.

The drug trafficking arrest was based off of a controlled buy in which the man sold substances appearing to be both heroin and morphine to an undercover police officer. The incident occurred at a Wendy's restaurant in Ohio at approximately 2:00 p.m. Following the man's arrest, he was transported to the Brown County Adult Detention Center. He was being held by a court ordered $10,000 bond.

The man accused of the sale will face two drug trafficking charges, both of which are felonies. One of the drug trafficking charges is in the fourth-degree and the other is in the fifth-degree. If the accused is convicted under both felony charges, he could face two maximum felony sentences.

The Ohio law that governs fourth-degree felony violations has a maximum sentence for imprisonment of 18 months and a maximum fine of $5,000. If this law is compounded with a fifth-degree drug trafficking conviction, the accused could receive an additional prison sentence of one year and a maximum fine of $2,500. Drug trafficking violations, especially heroin related violations, can pose serious consequences if convicted and may result in a prison sentence.

Source: The Ledger Independent, "Mount Orab drug trafficking arrest made," Karen Stein, April 3, 2012

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