Local man pleads innocent to 3 drug felonies

Defendant secretly indicted by Huron County grand jury.
Cary Ashby
Aug 25, 2014


A Greenwich man arrested recently on a secret, drug-related indictment has entered a "not guilty" plea to three felonies.

Jodiah M. Moser, 37, of 937 W. U.S. 224, Greenwich, is charged with one count each of possession of hydromorphone, methamphetamine and criminal tools. The fifth-degree felonies, which are punishable by six to 12 months behind bars, are in connection with a Feb. 10 incident.

A Huron County grand jury issued a secret indictment July 18, according to Huron County Common Pleas Court records. Grand jurors typically issue a a secret indictment when they suspect the person might flee the area.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said police were looking for Moser's brother during the Feb. 10 incident and when officers searched the residence, a female subject showed them a hidden pill crusher.

"They searched the place. ... They didn't arrest him that day. It was months later," said Longo, who noted Moser eventually turned himself into the Huron County Sheriff's Office.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff recommended Moser be held in lieu of a $5,000 bond, but after hearing from each attorney, Judge Jim Conway ordered the defendant released on a personal recognizance bond. That means Moser signed a court document in which he promised to appear for future hearings and didn't have to pay any money.

Moser, whose trial date is Nov. 6, is subject to random drug screens.