Cleveland Heights indicted on federal drug charges
A federal grand jury sitting in Cleveland, returned a one-count indictment charging Donte Booker, age 45, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, with a violation of federal narcotics law, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
The indictment charges Booker with the attempted possession with the intent to distribute over five kilograms of cocaine.
If convicted, Booker’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including Booker’s prior criminal record, his role in the offense and the unique 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.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward F. Feran following an investigation by the Northern Ohio Law Enforcement Task Force (NOLETF) and the Cleveland Police Department.
The NOLETF is a long standing multi-agency task force comprised of investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service, Cleveland Division of Police, Cleveland Heights Police Department, Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, Euclid Police Department, Regional Transit Authority Police Department, Strongsville Police Department, Westlake Police Department and Shaker Heights Police Department.
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.