Youngstown man indicted on firearms and drug charges
A federal grand jury sitting in Cleveland, Ohio, returned a three-count indictment charging Alexander Blandon, age 27, of Youngstown, Ohio, with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Count 1 of the indictment charges that on or about April 7, 2012, Blandon possessed a Ruger, model P92DC, 9mm pistol and ammunition, after he had been previously convicted of Possession of Cocaine and Failure to Comply with Order or Signal of Police, in the Court of Common Pleas of Mahoning County, Ohio.
Counts 2 and 3 of the indictment charge that on or about April 7, 2012, Blandon possessed with the intent to distribute approximately 53 grams of cocaine and approximately 22.2 grams of heroin.
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 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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Youngstown Field Office, and the Youngstown Police Department. 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.