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three people from ravenna indicted on drug charges

June 5, 2012


A federal grand jury returned a seven-count indictment charging Michael Sanders, age 39, Marquita Sanders, age 28, and Frank Johnson, age 43, all of Ravenna, Ohio, with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The indictment charges that as early as December 2010, and continuing through March 2011, Michael Sanders, Marquita Sanders and Frank Johnson conspired to possess with the intent to distribute and did distribute approximately 65.1 grams of crack cocaine.

The indictment further charges the defendants with distribution of narcotics as listed below.

Michael Sanders 11/23/10 13.9 grams - cocaine

Michael Sanders and Marquita Sanders 12/06/10 26.4 grams - crack cocaine

Michael Sanders 12/10/10 13.5 grams - cocaine

Michael Sanders 12/10/10 12.3 grams - crack cocaine

Marquita Sanders 03/21/11 3.6 grams - heroin

Frank Johnson 04/01/11 26.4 grams - crack cocaine

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

The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration - Youngstown Resident Office. The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David M. Toepfer.

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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