Accused drug dealer pleads innocent

Defendant, who claims he was "with the wrong person at the wrong time," has previous felony convictions.
Cary Ashby
Jun 14, 2014

A Sandusky man with multiple felony convictions entered a "not guilty" plea Wednesday to an allegation he sold oxycodone to a confidential informant.

Jason A. Barnhart, 34, goes to trial Sept. 2 in Huron County Common Pleas Court on one count of trafficking in oxycodone. If convicted of the Feb. 28 incident, he faces six to 18 months in prison due to his prior felony convictions.

"As far as your criminal record goes, you do have some prior felony convictions. Is that true?," Judge Jim Conway asked the defendant.

"Yes sir," Barnhart said quietly.

"Although he has a couple priors, they involved marijuana," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said a few minutes later.

Longo said his understanding of the oxycodone case is Barnhart alleges he was "with the wrong person at the wrong time." The public defender mentioned a possible co-defendant, but didn't name the suspect.

Barnhart must post 10 percent of a $5,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail. He is subject to random drug screens.