NEWARK — The primary of three Maryland males charged with trafficking in marijuana acquired three years of group management after pleading responsible Wednesday in Licking County Frequent Pleas Court docket.
Anthony O. Covington Jr., 25, of District Heights, Maryland, pleaded responsible to possession and trafficking in marijuana, each third-degree felonies. He additionally acquired a neighborhood jail sentence of 118 days, which was the time he had served, a tremendous of $5,000 and a forfeiture of $10,778.
Choose David Branstool accepted the responsible pleas and decided a jail time period was not obligatory. Covington was positioned on chemical dependency supervision, should full any drug or alcohol therapy program directed by Grownup Court docket Companies and abstain from using alcohol or any managed substance.
A Licking County grand jury returned an indictment on Might 6, charging Covington with the 2 drug offenses and forfeiture specification. Covington was initially charged with one depend of trafficking in marijuana, which might have resulted in a sentence of as much as 36 months in jail and as much as a $10,000 tremendous.
Covington and two different Maryland males have been arrested by a Licking County Sheriff’s deputy who discovered $18,000 in suspected marijuana throughout a visitors cease. Covington was a passenger in a automobile pushed by Idrissa D. Tillman, 23, of Suitland, Maryland. Ramone L. Robey, 24, of Riverdale, Maryland, was additionally within the automobile. All three have been charged with trafficking in marijuana.
Based on legal complaints, a deputy sitting in a marked cruiser alongside Interstate 70 noticed a blue, four-door Toyota Camry with California license plates change lanes in between two semis, then exit the interstate onto Ohio 79.
A Licking County detective noticed the automobile pull right into a Buckeye Lake fuel station, the place the trio have been seen exiting the automobile and watching the deputy’s marked cruiser because it handed the station.
When the trio re-entered the automobile and Interstate 70, the company mentioned they hit speeds of 107 mph in a 70 mph zone after failing to sign re-entry to the freeway, then handed at a excessive price of velocity on the proper berm whereas different autos have been slowing and stopped for an unrelated visitors accident.
When he caught as much as the automobile and activated his overhead lights, the deputy reported the automobile crossed two different lanes of visitors, virtually inflicting an accident.
The deputy reported noticing a robust odor of marijuana within the automobile. Throughout a search of the automobile, the company mentioned they discovered two suitcases with clothes and a considerable amount of suspected marijuana within the trunk. An preliminary weigh of the suspected medicine have been decided to be 8,309 grams, for a road worth of $18,000.
Regulation enforcement additionally discovered 107 edibles within the automobile, re-packing materials within the quantity of 340 new empty, pre-labeled sale baggage, and $10,778 in money. Bond had been set at $250,000 for Tillman and Robey and $200,000 for Covington.
Robey has a change of plea and sentencing scheduled for Aug. 31. Tillman has an oral listening to scheduled for Sept. 1.
(Michaela Sumner contributed to this story)