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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Akron men indicted for using firearms while trafficking methamphetamine

Two Akron men were indicted for using firearms as part of a conspiracy to sell large amounts of methamphetamine.

Jonathan S. Wilt, 24, and Johnny R. Rollyson, 27, were both indicted on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute at least 500 grams of methamphetamine and attempted possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Both were also indicted on charges of possession of a firearm in relation to drug trafficking and being felons in possession of firearms.

Wilt on March 12 had a Kahr Arms 9mm pistol, despite convictions for felonious assault and attempted felonious assault that made it illegal for him to have a firearm. Rollyson on the same date had a Smith & Wesson .38 revolver, despite convictions for burglary that made it illegal for him to have a firearm, according to the indictment.

They had those firearms in relation to drug trafficking. Both men attempted to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine on March 12, according to the indictment.

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 case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Akron Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Henry F. DeBaggis. 

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.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
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Updated April 12, 2018