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Is deportation a possibility in Union County drug case?

The very direct answer to that question has to be that it certainly seems so. There are a number of factors why.

For those who may be unfamiliar with the story, authorities in Union County report that they have charged a 20-year-old Dublin, Ohio, man on a broad array of charges. They include accusations of racketeering and possession of cocaine. He is also accused of possession of marijuana and attempted marijuana possession.

The former charges are first-degree felonies and could result in a prison sentence of 11 years per charge. The latter two are second-degree felonies carrying additional penalties. Any consequences, of course, are dependent on prosecutors obtaining convictions on the charges. The outcome could depend on whether the defendant has the benefit of an attorney with depth of experience.

The reason we say that is because authorities say the suspect is not a U.S. citizen. They say he has been living in this country using fraudulent documentation. That means that immigration authorities could seek to have the man deported whether or not he is convicted of the drug charges. And those who have to deal with immigration issues face unique challenges because of complicated U.S. policy and law on the subject.

According to Union County authorities, the defendant had been operating a shipping company as a front to traffic in drugs. They say that between March 2010 and April 2014, more than 1,700 pounds of marijuana was delivered to the warehouse operation.

As of now, the lone defendant in the case is reported held in Mechanicsburg in lieu of $1 million bond.

Source: The Columbus Dispatch, "Man held on Union County drug-trafficking charges," Mary Beth Lane, Nov. 7, 2014

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