Leffler: Marijuana dealer needs 'wake-up call'

Cary Ashby • Jan 12, 2014 at 2:07 PM

A convicted marijuana dealer with a lengthy juvenile and misdemeanor record was sentenced Tuesday.

Joseph R. Ringlein Jr., 28, of 6 Ford Ave., will be doing 180 days in the Huron County Jail, possibly on the work release program. For the past three or four years, he has worked for a Sandusky flooring company on an as-needed basis.

In mid-November, Ringlein pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in marijuana. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss one count each of possession of morphine and possession of criminal tools.

"We think Mr. Ringlein needs a bit of a wake-up call to stop doing drugs. ... He's been a bit of a disappointment to his family," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Conway told Ringlein he has a pattern of marijuana and alcohol abuse and hasn't expressed any remorse, hasn't done well on probation or taken advantage of any treatment.

"You keep doing the same things over and over," the judge said.

As part of Ringlein's three years of probation, he must reimburse $35 to the Ohio Bureau of Investigation to cover the cost of drug testing and was fined $500. He also must forfeit the $439 seized during his arrest to the Huron County Sheriff's Office. The judge also suspended Ringlein's driver's license for six months.

Ringlein's conviction is for an April 11 incident involving the use of a search warrant near First Street. When deputies entered the home, they opened a safe and seized $439 and slightly more than 2 ounces of marijuana as evidence.

Leffler has said authorities first received information about Ringlein being involved in a minor, "ongoing marijuana sale operation." He also said a female who was interviewed at the scene said Ringlein sold her marijuana, usually about 3 ounces each time, and also had been selling some pills.

If Ringlein violates the terms of his probation, he faces one year in prison.

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