Cocaine defendant has trial set for April

Cary Ashby • Mar 12, 2014 at 2:40 PM

A cocaine suspect's April 22 trial could last as long as two days, attorneys said Monday.

Ruben R. Garcia, 47, of 29 Harris Ave., is out, having posted 10 percent of a $5,000 bond. He is charged with one count of possession of cocaine in connection with a Dec. 19 incident. Garcia also faces one charge of complicity of trafficking in cocaine stemming from a Dec. 18 offense.

When Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway asked Monday if there had been any plea negotiations, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said since it's a cocaine case there isn't a lot of room for a plea deal. One of Prosecutor Russell Leffler's earliest campaign promises was not to have plea deals on cocaine cases.

Garcia's suspected co-defendant is Gregory Meade, 27, of 318 E. Main St. In mid-February, he pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin and will be sentenced April 10.

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