A Cincinnati man faces eight years in prison following his conviction in Warren County Common Pleas Court on drug trafficking charges. A jury found that Allen Honeycutt was part of a drug distribution ring that supplied marijuana to students in two Warren County school districts. (H/T Cincinnati Enquirer)
The Warren County Prosecutor’s Office issued a statement alleging that Allen Honeycutt and his co-conspirators “made hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars trafficking drugs” to students in the Mason and Kings school districts. A jury convicted him on charges of trafficking, possession of marijuana, cultivation of marijuana, possession of criminal tools, and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. The judge sentenced him to serve eight years in prison and pay fines totaling $17,500.
Investigators presented evidence that Honeycutt had a role in three indoor growing operations that produced high-grade marijuana that the organization sold throughout southwest. Officers seized 600 marijuana plants, more than $100,000 in cash, and several hundred grams of harvested marijuana. The marijuana was worth an estimated $2.9 million.
Students involved in the distribution of the drugs have also faced criminal charges. One of the students is currently in juvenile detention.
The stiff sentence in this case illustrates the benefits of obtaining experienced defense counsel as soon as possible. An attorney with experience in drug trafficking cases can help people accused of drug crimes minimize or avoid the consequences of conviction through constitutional challenges to, for example, the circumstances of an arrest, execution of a search warrant, or traffic stop of a motor vehicle. If the facts of your case show that conviction of a state or federal offense is a likely outcome, the defense attorney can do everything possible to find sentencing alternatives that will keep the defendant out of state or federal prison. This can often be accomplished through negotiation with the prosecution toward a mutually acceptable guilty plea, or through a well prepared and persuasive presentation to the court at a sentencing hearing.