“I was wrongly convicted of murder. I spent nearly 17 years in prison fighting my case. When I finally won a new trial, I chose Greg Robey to be a part of my defense team. He found an FBI agent who had worked on the case in the 1980s, along with critical pieces of evidence that we thought were long lost. After a long and very hard-fought trial, I was found Not Guilty of all charges. I owe my freedom to Greg Robey and my defense team.” -R.R., Ravenna, Ohio
In a unanimous ruling the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that higher penalties for drug trafficking can be imposed even when police never recover any drugs. The justices found that a 2006 case holding that trace amounts of drugs must be present before a court may impose major drug offender (MDO) specification penalties does not apply in drug trafficking cases.
This is a frightening decision in which police can charge a person with drug trafficking along with major drug offender specifications, which provide for 1-10 years in prison in addition to the underlying penalty, for merely offering to sell a large amount of drugs. According to this decision, no drugs need actually be found by police - talk of drugs is enough.