Increases in Possession and Trafficking of Heroin In Ohio
In Columbus, Ohio and many surrounding communities, heroin is making a huge comeback among teenagers and young adults. For the last several years, local police and law enforcement agencies in the area have been dealing with an influx of heroin into the Columbus area. Authorities suspect that the heroin is being brought into Columbus from Mexico and distributed throughout Ohio by gang members located on the west side of Columbus.
In Columbus, Ohio and many surrounding communities, the abuse of heroin has become a cheaper and more accessible alternative to commonly abused narcotics and drugs, such as cocaine and oxycontin. Many teenagers and young adults have discovered that the Mexican heroin, which is commonly snorted and injected, produces a cheaper and more potent high than other drugs.
The surrounding community of Marysville, Ohio has been largely affected by the increase in heroin on the streets of Columbus. Law enforcement officers in Marysville have discovered that many teenagers and young adults in that community frequently travel via Route 33 to purchase heroin from drug dealers on the west side of Columbus. The Marysville community has seen an enormous increase in heroin charges, including heroin possession, heroin drug paraphernalia possession and trafficking in heroin, to the point where it has been labeled an epidemic.
Possession of heroin and trafficking in heroin is not solely limited to the Columbus inner city community. Heroin possession and trafficking has infiltrated numerous affluent Columbus suburban communities, such as Westerville, Worthington, Upper Arlington, Dublin, Hilliard, Powell, Delaware, Bexley, Clintonville and Grandview, areas many people believed were immune to heroin problems.
On September 25, 2009, the Columbus Dispatch reported that 13 people, mostly young adults, were caught in a heroin trafficking and heroin possession ring in Worthington, Ohio. All of these individuals will be facing felony drug charges of possession of heroin and/or trafficking in heroin, which carry the possibility of mandatory prison time and hefty fines.
Have you been charged with drug trafficking or another serious drug charge in Central Ohio? For experienced and dedicated representation, contact me, drug crime attorney Michael S. Probst. I am a former prosecutor with extensive experience in drug cases. I defend the rights of adults and juveniles charged with all drug charges, including:
- Drug trafficking/sales
- Drug distribution
- Manufacturing or cultivation of marijuana/meth/other drugs
- State and federal charges
- Crack Cocaine
- Crystal Meth
- Narcotics/controlled substances
Have Your Rights Been Violated?
As a former assistant prosecutor, I understand the difficulty of prosecuting drug trafficking and drug possession charges. Police often conduct searches and seizures in violation of a defendant’s Fourth Amendment constitutional rights. I have significant experience filing motions to suppress and conducting suppression hearings on behalf of clients whose constitutional rights have been violated by unreasonable searches and seizures.
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I am an experienced negotiator and trial lawyer. In addition, I have significant experience handling criminal appeals. If you have been charged with heroin trafficking, dealing heroin, drug possession or any other serious drug charge, I can provide a vigorous defense on your behalf.
I prepare for each case as if it may go to trial. Drug cases are often built on highly questionable evidence due to the statements of informants and people who are drug dealers. I will thoroughly investigate your case, negotiate a plea agreement, protect your rights and argue aggressively on your behalf at trial.
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I offer a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and options. To contact my law office in Columbus, Ohio, call 614-232-8890.