LIMA – A Lima man who was arrested last year as part of a citywide crackdown on local drug dealers was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison on a variety of drug and weapons charges.
Verlando Clark, 46, in January accepted a negotiated plea deal from prosecutors that called for him to plead guilty to one count of trafficking in heroin, a second-degree felony; possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony that included the forfeiture of money; and two counts of having weapons while under disability, third-degree felonies that included the forfeiture of weapons.
He was sentenced Monday in Allen County Common Pleas Court by Judge Jeffrey Reed on those charges.
Clark was among more than a dozen men described by authorities as “large quantity” dealers of of cocaine and crack cocaine who were taken into custody on June 14, 2018, following a series of pre-dawn raids carried out in Lima by federal, state and local law enforcement officials.
Clark was arrested on local charges following the execution of a search warrant that morning by the Lima Police Department’s SWAT team.
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