Man pleads innocent to having cocaine, digital scale in car

Cary Ashby • Mar 20, 2013 at 9:07 PM

A man entered a "not guilty" plea to having cocaine during a local traffic stop.

Joshua P. Lee, 32, of Akron, has an April 25 trial set in Huron County Common Pleas Court. He is charged with one count each of possession of cocaine and possession of criminal tools. Both of the fifth-degree felonies are in connection with a Feb. 1 traffic stop by Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Josh Querin.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said there were some unusual circumstances.

"It wasn't his car. ... The owner was in the passenger seat," he said Longo. "Frankly, I think Mr. Lee owned up to something he didn't do."

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff has said the criminal tools charge relates to Querin seizing a digital scale during the traffic stop.

If convicted, Lee faces six to 12 months behind bars on each charge. He is eligible for a prison term because of a prior felony conviction; Woodruff said Monday the defendant has convictions for burglary and assault.

Lee must post a $5,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail. He is subject to random drug screens.

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