LIMA — A Lima man facing drug-trafficking charges that conceivably could put him in prison for the rest of his life saw his request for a reduction in bond denied during a Wednesday court hearing.
Edward Moore Jr., 44, and his court-appointed defense attorney also made a vow to Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Reed to attempt to work together in a more cohesive fashion than has been evident to date as the defendant’s case moves forward.
A motion was filed with the court on July 30 requesting a hearing on the representation of Moore by Attorney Greg Dononue. The defendant on Wednesday complained to Reed about Donohue’s demeanor and an overall lack of communication with his attorney. Donohue said Moore had been difficult to work with during their meetings, as well.
Both men agreed to make another attempt to set aside their differences and focus on the matters at hand as Moore’s Sept. 4 trial date draws near.
Those matters include a standing offer from prosecutors to dismiss some of the charges against Moore and to cap his recommended prison sentence at 22 years, which was not immediately accepted by the defendant. Reed also ordered Moore’s $250,000 bond to remain intact during Wednesday’s hearing.
Moore was one of more than a dozen Lima men taken into custody on the morning of June 14 as part of a citywide raid organized and carried out by the FBI. Moore was arrested on state charges following a raid conducted by the Lima Police Department’s SWAT team.
Seven of the men arrested during those pre-dawn raids were charged as part of an 11-count federal indictment that FBI officials said was the culmination of a “long-term, multi-jurisdictional investigation” into large-scale trafficking of cocaine and crack cocaine in Lima and Allen County.
Moore was indicted by an Allen County grand jury on June 13 — the day prior to the multiple SWAT team raids — on three counts of trafficking in cocaine and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, all first-degree felonies. The trafficking charges each include a specification labeling Moore as a a Major Drug Offender — a designation that carries, upon conviction, a mandatory 11-year prison sentence to be served consecutively to any other sentences handed out.
Each of the first-degree felony charges also carry maximum prison terms of three to 11 years.
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