Daily Court Reporter - News Two men from Toledo indicted for trafficking cocaine; prosecutors seek to forfeit $320,000 in cash that was seized
Two men from Toledo indicted for trafficking cocaine; prosecutors seek to forfeit $320,000 in cash that was seized
Two men from Toledo were indicted for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute at least five kilograms of cocaine.
Jeffrey A. Geckle, 40, and Scott A. Nigh, 39, were each indicted on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and one count of attempted to possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
Prosecutors are seeking to forfeit approximately $320,000 in cash that was seized on Sept. 18 from Nigh and Geckle, according to the indictment.
If convicted, the defendants’ sentence will be determined by the Court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including the defendants’ prior criminal record, if any, the defendants’ 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 the maximum.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Lima. The case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Freeman.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
About the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio
The Department of Justice is the nation's litigator, serving but one client, the United States. The United States Attorneys serve as the Department's principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General. There are 93 United States Attorneys stationed in judicial districts throughout the United States and its territories. United States Attorneys are appointed by, and serve at the discretion of the President of the United States, with advice and consent of the United States Senate. Each United States Attorney is the Chief Federal Law Enforcement Officer of the United States within his or her particular jurisdiction.
United States Attorneys conduct most of the trial work in which the United States is a party. The United States Attorneys have three statutory responsibilities under Title 28, Section 507 of the United States Code:
the prosecution of criminal cases brought by the Federal Government;
the prosecution and defense of civil cases in which the United States is a party; and
the collection of debt owed to the Federal Government.
Although the caseload varies among districts, each has every category of cases and handles a mixture of simple and complex litigation. Each United States Attorney exercises wide discretion in the use of his or her resources to further the priorities of the local jurisdictions and needs of their communities.
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: October 17, 2018