Cocaine, drug theft defendants arraigned

Cary Ashby • Dec 7, 2013 at 6:07 PM

An accused drug thief and a cocaine defendant convicted of a 1990s robbery entered "not guilty" pleas to their respective felonies Tuesday.

Jared R. Holland, 24, of 6080 Zenobia Road, Wakeman, is charged with theft of drugs in connection with a May 5 incident. If convicted, he faces six to 18 months behind bars.

Holland, who goes to trial March 20, is prohibited from having any direct or indirect association or communication with the female victim. He earlier posted a $5,000 bond.

In another case heard Tuesday, Adewale A. Olaniyan, 37, of Norwalk, is charged with possession of cocaine in connection with a May 26 incident. The fifth-degree felony is punishable by six to 12 months behind bars. His trial is scheduled for Feb. 6.

If convicted, Olaniyan could face prison time because of a local felony conviction 18 years ago.

A Huron County Common Pleas Court jury found him guilty of robbery and complicity to commit robbery in September 1995. Olaniyan was sentenced to three to 15 years in prison; court records don't indicate how long he served.

Each defendant is subject to random drug screens while their current cases are pending.

"I've been coming in every week," Holland told Judge Jim Conway.

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