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Leavy A. Welch, age 30, of Akron, Ohio, was indicted on distribution of cocaine base (Crack) and other charges

March 2, 2012

Mike Tobin, Public Affairs Specialist, (216) 622-3651

A federal grand jury in Cleveland returned a four-count superseding indictment charging Leavy A. Welch, age 30, of Akron, Ohio, with distribution of cocaine base (crack), possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, and maintaining a residence for the purpose of manufacturing and distributing cocaine and cocaine base, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The indictment alleges that on September 30, 2010, Welch distributed approximately 53.6 grams of cocaine base; on October 14, 2010, he distributed approximately 37.8 grams of cocaine base; and on October 20, 2011, possessed with the intent to distribute approximately 61.8 grams of cocaine. The indictment further alleges that on October 20, 2011, the defendant used and maintained a residence for the purpose of manufacturing and distributing cocaine and crack.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

The investigation preceding the superseding indictment was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Samuel A. Yannucci.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.



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