A 23-year-old Shaker Heights man was found not guilty by a federal jury in July after being charged with selling heroin as part of a vast drug ring. The man had been convicted in the past for various drug crimes as well as tampering with evidence. He still faces weapons charges in another case pending in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

In November 2012, the man was arrested for selling an ounce of the drug to a law enforcement officer working undercover. The trial lasted three days before the jury found him not guilty. This man was one of 92 people under indictment on state and federal charges from 2013. The investigation of heroin trafficking had taken several years and was overseen by the FBI. It extended from Illinois to Georgia to Ohio.

The indictment claimed that members of a gang had stolen from their rivals in the drug trade. They also stole from customers. After the robberies, they sold the heroin at a discount or used the money they had stolen to purchase more heroin. Most other suspects in the case issued guilty pleas. Another man who allegedly led the operation was convicted in June.

Being confronted with multiple offenses involving heroin can lead to serious penalties. Regardless of the circumstances, those who are facing heroin charges may want to be aware of the long-term consequences in the event of a conviction. With this in mind, a defendant may want to meet with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible in order to prepare a strategy to use before or at trial.

Source: Cleveland.com, ‘Shaker Heights man charged in large heroin ring found not guilty,” Eric Heisig, July 3, 2015