LIMA — A 26-year-old Lima man entered pleas of not guilty to four felony drug charges during his arraignment hearing Thursday in Allen Common Pleas Court.
Martez Pearson was indicted July 12 by an Allen County grand jury on charges of trafficking in cocaine, a fourth-degree felony; possession of a bulk amount of cocaine, a first-degree felony with a specification that a firearm was used during the commission of the crime and three additional specifications calling for the forfeiture of cash; and the possession of heroin and the aggravated possession of drugs, each felonies of the fifth degree and each containing specifications for the use of a firearm and the forfeiture of cash.
In addition to pleading not guilty to all charges against him, Pearson also waived his constitutional right to a speedy trial during Thursday’s hearing.
His attorney, Tom Kollin, asked Judge Jeffrey Reed to reduce the $250,000 bond in place against Pearson. Kollin said his client has four children and will live with his sister in Lima if a reduced bond can be raised.
Assistant Allen County Prosecutor Ken Sturgill argued against a lower bond, claiming Pearson has “ties to Detroit” based on some criminal cases filed there and that the defendant poses a flight risk due to the seriousness of the charges against him.
Reed disagreed and reduced Pearson’s bond to $100,000 cash or surety.
A pre-trial was scheduled for Aug. 30.