Daily Court Reporter - News Akron men indicted following arrest with 14 firearms, stolen police body armor and 1,000 grams of methamphetamine
Akron men indicted following arrest with 14 firearms, stolen police body armor and 1,000 grams of methamphetamine
Two Akron men were indicted in federal court after police arrested them with 14 firearms, stolen police body armor and more than 1,000 grams of methamphetamine.
Indicted are Justin D. Martin and Brandon L. Sheridan, both 32.
They are both charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes.
Martin and Sheridan were using the house at 106 Lake Street at the base of their drug trafficking operations. A search of the house by the Akron SWAT team resulted in the discovery of approximately 1,039 grams of methamphetamine, 14 firearms (four of which were reported stolen), ammunition and $7,125 in cash, according to court documents.
Authorities also recovered law enforcement-issued body armor previously reported stolen from a Cuyahoga Falls police officer during a residential burglary, according to court documents.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than maximum.
This cases is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron P. Howell following an investigation by the Akron Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
An indictment is only a charge. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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The Northern District of Ohio consists of the 40 northern counties in Ohio. The U.S. Attorney's office (USAO) for the district is located in Cleveland, Ohio and there are staffed branch offices in Toledo, Akron and Youngstown. The office is divided into organizational units with specific responsibility for carrying out the mission of the office.
Date Published: September 24, 2018