LIMA — A 27-year-old man who said he came from Detroit to Lima “to start over and make some quick money” will spend the next six years behind bars.
Martez Pearson, of Lima, was sentenced Monday by Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Reed following his acceptance in October of a deal from prosecutors.
Pearson was indicted by the July session of the grand jury on charges of trafficking in cocaine, a fourth-degree felony with specifications for the use of a firearm and for forfeiture of money in a drug case. Other charges included possession of cocaine in an amount exceeding 27 grams, a first-degree felony with firearm and money forfeiture specifications, and fifth-degree felony counts of aggravated possession of drugs and possession of heroin. Each of those counts also included numerous firearm and money forfeiture specifications.
Pearson in October accepted a deal from prosecutors that called for him to plead guilty to the possession charges in exchange for the dismissal of the remaining count and multiple firearm specifications. Pearson was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $350 and to forfeit $3,977 and a firearm to the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force.
According to court documents, on June 1 the task force, assisted by the Lima Police Department SWAT team, executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1100 block of West Wayne Street, which was Pearson’s known residence, according to court documents.
During the execution of the warrant, approximately 38 grams of suspected crack cocaine for located in the living room of the residence. Pearson told police he knew nothing about the substance, then declined further comment until such time as an attorney was present.
In court on Monday, Pearson told the judge he “wound up running with the wrong crowd” when he arrived in Lima.
But Reed chastised the defendant, asking rhetorically, “When are you and others going to learn that quick money comes with a cost? Was it worth it?”
“No,” replied Pearson. “It was the worst decision I ever made in my life.”
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