Brunswick man charged with possession with intent to distribute ecstasy
A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging Thao N. Hoa, age 36, of Brunswick, Ohio, with use of a communication device to facilitate a drug offense and possession with the intent to distribute 3,4-Methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA), commonly known as “Ecstasy”, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Count 1 alleges that from on or about December 31, 2008, to on or about January 16, 2009, Hoa used a telephone to facilitate the commission of a felony, that is possessing with the intent to distribute and the distribution of MDMA. Count 2 alleges that on January 16, 2009, Hoa possessed with the intent to distribute MDMA.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendants’ prior criminal records, if any, the defendants’ 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 indictment was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, Medina County Drug Task Force, and the Summit County Drug Unit. 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.