Several drug defendants plead innocent

Cary Ashby • Sep 27, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Several people accused of separate drug crimes pleaded innocent to their charges this week in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Brian J. Maynard, 31, of 55 1/2 Milan Ave., goes to trial Oct. 24 on possession of heroin in connection with an April 14 incident.

"He's actually under a prison sentence for child support. Erie County just sentenced him," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said.

When Judge Jim Conway asked Maynard if he is on probation, he said: "That's why I'm in prison. I was on probation and violated (it)."

In another case, James C. Bogard III, 24, of 147 N. West St., has a Nov. 14 trial set for three counts of trafficking in heroin. The charges are in connection with incidents on Nov. 30, Aug. 14 and 17.

Bogard has no prior felony convictions and isn't on probation.

In a separate case, Jason R. Raymond, 32, of 88 S. Linwood Ave., has a trial date of Oct. 31. He is charged with possession of heroin in connection with a May 27 incident.

"I currently have a (probation) violation pending in Lorain County," Raymond said when asked if he has a prior felony conviction.

In a fourth case heard Monday, Steven S. Starks, 35, of Shelby, goes to trial Nov. 5 on possession of cocaine. The charge is in connection with an Aug. 7 incident.

Starks told the judge he has an earlier felony conviction through Richland County, but he currently isn't on probation. Longo, who oversaw the arraignment on behalf of the suspect's private attorney, said Starks has been in jail for about 50 days and successfully completed probation for an unspecified conviction.

Bogard, Raymond and Starks must post 10 percent of a $5,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail. Each of the defendants is subject to random drug screens.

If convicted, the defendants faces six to 12 months behind bars.

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