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Cocaine defendant sent to prison

Cary Ashby • Apr 18, 2013 at 11:07 AM

An Akron man was convicted Monday of having cocaine during a traffic stop in Huron County.

Joshua P. Lee, 33, agreed to plead guilty to possession of cocaine in exchange for the state dismissing the remaining charge on his mid-February indictment, possession of criminal tools.

Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Josh Querin found more than 2 grams of cocaine in the glove compartment of the vehicle Lee was driving, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said. Querin, at the time of the Feb. 1 traffic stop, reported seizing a digital scale.

Lee declined to speak on his own behalf at Monday's hearing.

"It wasn't his car. ... The owner was in the passenger seat," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said earlier.

Following a joint recommendation by attorneys, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway sentenced Lee to six months in prison and credited him with being in jail for about 74 days. The defendant also was ordered to pay $40 in restitution to the sheriff's office to cover the cost of drug testing, but wasn't fined.

"He's been in jail since the day of his arrest," Longo said.

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