Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
A federal grand jury sitting in Cleveland, Ohio, returned an indictment today charging James Hargis, Jr., age 19, of Navarre, Ohio, with three counts of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, including LSD, MDMA and THC vape cartridges.
On April 3, 2019, agents executed a search warrant at the Navarre, OH residence of James Hargis Jr. where they seized the following: 20 grams of MDMA; more than 100 THC vape cartridges; 346 tabs of LSD; drug paraphernalia; $8,514 in cash; a .223 caliber semi-automatic rifle with ammunition; and a loaded .22 caliber revolver.
The investigation was conducted by the FDA – Office of Criminal Investigations in conjunction with the Ohio Attorney General’s Organized Crime Commission Major Crimes Task Force which consists of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Aaron P. Howell.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violations. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
USAO - Ohio, Northern
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