Division of Justice
U.S. Legal professional’s Administrative center
Northern District of Ohio

Thursday, Might 21, 2020

The U.S. Legal professional’s Administrative center for the Northern District of Ohio introduced these days {that a} federal grand jury in Cleveland returned a three-count indictment charging Justin Michl, age 23, of Akron with intent to distribute Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), ownership of firearms in furtherance of a federal drug trafficking offense and cash laundering.

In step with the prison grievance filed on this subject, On July 12, 2019, federal brokers finished a seek warrant on the defendant’s place of dwelling in Akron and recovered over 3,500 THC vape cartridges. Those cartridges contained a liquid that, in step with the Drug Enforcement Management (DEA), might comprise extremely excessive THC ranges starting from 40% to 80%. This type of marijuana may also be as much as 4 instances more potent in THC content material than high-grade marijuana, which typically measures round 20% THC ranges.

Along with the THC cartridges, brokers recovered 4 firearms, ammunition, and $85,627 in United States forex.  Brokers additionally found out that Michl bought an all-terrain car with drug trafficking proceeds in February of 2019.

An indictment is just a rate and isn’t proof of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a good trial by which it’s going to be the federal government’s burden to turn out guilt past an affordable doubt.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence can be decided by means of the Courtroom after evaluation of things distinctive to this situation, together with the defendant’s prior prison data, if any, the defendant’s function within the offense and the traits of the violation.  In all circumstances, the sentence won’t exceed the statutory most and usually, it’s going to be lower than the utmost.

The investigation used to be performed by means of the FDA – Administrative center of Felony Investigations at the side of the Ohio Legal professional Normal’s Arranged Crime Fee Main Crimes Process Pressure which is composed of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Division, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Administrative center, U.S. Meals and Drug Management, U.S. Postal Inspection Carrier and the Division of Place of origin Safety, Place of origin Safety Investigations. This example is being prosecuted by means of Assistant U.S. Legal professional Aaron Howell.

Drug Trafficking
USAO – Ohio, Northern
Daniel Ball (216) 622-3921 Daniel.Ball@usdoj.gov