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

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Rittman Man Indicted For Methamphetamine Conspiracy

A federal grand jury sitting returned a two-count indictment charging Jesse C. Lyons, age 32, of Rittman, Ohio with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Additionally, Lyons was charged with one count of attempted possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine on January 15, 2014.

The investigation is being conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service with assistance from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and the Wadsworth Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney, Kevin Culum. 

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

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.

Updated March 12, 2015