LIMA — Three days shy of his 47th birthday, a Lima man pleaded guilty to numerous drug-related charges that will land him in prison for 12 to 27 years.
Raymond White appeared in Allen County Common Pleas Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to four of the seven counts against him. Two of the most serious of the charges against White — trafficking in cocaine with a major drug offender specification and possession of cocaine — each carry mandatory prison sentences of 11 years. The possession charge includes a mandatory one-year additional sentence for the use of a firearm during the commission of the crime, capping White’s minimum potential prison sentence at 12 years if all remaining sentences are served concurrently.
White also pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony charge of having a weapon while under disability and a fourth-degree felony charge of possession of cocaine. Specifications attached to all the counts call for White to forfeit a shotgun and two handguns along with $14,673 in cash to the state. White will also be fined a minimum of $20,000.
If Judge David Cheney orders all sentences to be served consecutively, White would spend more than 27 years behind bars. Sentencing will take place Oct. 24. White was allowed to remain free on bond until that time.
He was indicted in April by an Allen County grand jury on one first-degree felony count of trafficking in cocaine, a charge that includes a specification labeling White a major drug offender. Other indictments returned by the grand jury include two first-degree felony counts of possession of cocaine, each with specifications for the forfeiture of weapons and cash in a drug case; a fourth-degree felony charge of possession of cocaine; two counts of having a weapon while under disability, third-degree felonies with firearm specifications; and one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.
According to court documents, on March 6 of this year police spoke with an informant who said most crack cocaine in the city was being supplied by “Shorty, an older black male … who drove a white Buick.” Police recognized the individual as White, according to court documents.
The informant allegedly made a call to White, which was recorded by police, and ordered six bags of crack, each weighing six grams. A short while later, a white Buick left White’s home, which was under police surveillance.
An Allen County sheriff’s deputy made a traffic stop but no drugs were found in the vehicle. White was then taken to jail and booked on suspicion of possession of cocaine.
A search of the sheriff’s cruiser used to transport White revealed a paper bag with suspected crack cocaine had been left on the floor of the cruiser. The car video showed White taking a bag from his groin area and dropping it to the floor, according to court records.
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