Drug trafficking case results in 22-year sentence

Authorities say man was part of drug distribution ring bringing cocaine from Toledo to Seneca County.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Oct 27, 2013


An Ohio man will spend more than two decades in prison for trafficking drugs in northwest Ohio.

Pursuant to a plea agreement, Charles V. Richardson, 35, pleaded no contest today to two charges of trafficking in cocaine in an amount equal to or exceeding 100 grams. 

Immediately following the plea, Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael P. Kelbley sentenced Richardson to a term of 22 years in prison. Due to the amount of drugs trafficked, each charge carried a mandatory 11-year sentence.

"Drug traffickers like this defendant deserve to spend two decades in prison," Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said. "This man did nothing but feed the addiction that so many people struggle with in this state."

The case was investigated by officers with the Seneca County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement Unit and prosecuted by the Attorney General's Special Prosecutions Section.

According to investigators, Richardson was part of a drug distribution ring bringing cocaine from Toledo to Seneca County. They said Richardson primarily sold the drugs in Tiffin and Fostoria in Seneca County and in Findlay in Hancock County.

"The Ohio Attorney Generals Office,  BCI Narcotics Division, and DEA Toledo Division were instrumental to the success of this investigation," said Detective Charles W. Boyer, unit coordinator of the Seneca County Drug Task Force.

Richardson was arrested after selling the drugs to a confidential informant earlier this year.

In an effort to evaluate drug abuse across the state, DeWine announced plans to hold a series of Drug Abuse Community Forums to develop new strategies to prevent addiction.



If this was in Huron Co, he would have been released on his OR, and asked to go to treatment and change. And for the critics that say this was different, no it isn't. A dealer is a dealer period. The dealers need to be sentenced heavily. They are killing our kids and need to held accountable period!!!!!!

so sick of stup...

I agree 100%...Huron County needs to start doing this...

Ben Crazy

22 years is a good start !


I wanna hear the story about the girl they found in the middle of the street Saturday night in Greenwich.