Cocaine defendant has trial set for April

Don't expect a plea bargain with this one.
Cary Ashby
Mar 12, 2014

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.

Comments

Kottage Kat

Why cocaine??? What is the difference with that and other drugs?

whattheBucks

Sooooooooo is that why everyone does heroin now ?cause when they get busted they can cop a plea and get a slap on the wrist and go do it again ?? I know this sounds crazy BUT what if you don't give ANY of the druggies plea deals, and they all get the max ??? I wonder if as many people would risk it ???Hmmmm.... probation or years in the pokey ??

ohiogirl99

they all get deals because the huron county prosecutor can't win jury trials he batches them so he offers plea deals instead so conviction rate looks great and doesn't have to worry about looking like an idiot in front of the county. then the judge goes along with the states recommendation to save face

Hurricanematt

Can't win jury trail? Is that because the jury is all druggies too?

methodman

Way to stand strong against cocaine Leffler. Let all the heroin heads and pedophiles off easy tho. Douche.

Hurricanematt

Sounds political to me. Someone doesn't want cocaine interfering with their heroine business.

Snoozer

After pot is legalized coke will be next,then everything else. America is going in the wrong direction!
Wait its so much better than tobacco and alcohol...

Richard Cranium

He made that campaign promise in the 90's....Russ, this is 2014 not a mid 90's election year, heroin is the new cocaine...Get with the times.