AKRON – First Assistant U.S. Lawyer Michelle M. Baeppler introduced that Ronald Smith, 39, of Akron, was charged in a 22-count indictment with canine preventing, drug trafficking and unlawful possession of a firearm.
The indictment costs Smith with 15 counts of possession and coaching of canine for the needs of an animal preventing enterprise; conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a managed substance; distribution of a managed substance; possession with intent to distribute a managed substance and felon in possession of a firearm.
In response to the indictment, Smith owned and maintained two residential properties on Fultz Avenue and Herman Avenue in Akron, Ohio.
In April and Could of 2022, the indictment states that Smith possessed gadgets used to coach and put together canine for participation in canine preventing, together with two treadmills designed for canine; a caged rabbit positioned in entrance of a treadmill; performance-enhancing and first-aid-related canine treatment; quite a few “break sticks” spattered with blood and bearing enamel marks and a walled pit spattered with blood on the Fultz Avenue and Herman Avenue residence.
As well as, the indictment states that authorities recovered eight pit bull-type canine from the Fultz Avenue residence and 7 pit bull-type canine from the Herman Avenue residence.
Smith was additionally charged with unlawful possession of three firearms and collaborating in a conspiracy to own and distribute oxycodone, fentanyl and fentanyl analogues.
Smith is prohibited from possessing a firearm as a result of earlier convictions of aggravated assault, housebreaking, possession of cocaine, trafficking heroin, having weapons underneath incapacity and disrupting public providers within the Summit and Medina County Courts of Frequent Pleas.
An indictment is simply a cost and isn’t proof of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a good trial by which will probably be the federal government’s burden to show guilt past an affordable doubt.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence shall be decided by the Courtroom after a assessment of things distinctive to this case, together with the defendant’s prior prison document, if any, the defendant’s position within the offense and the traits of the violation. In all instances, the sentence is not going to exceed the statutory most, and most often, will probably be lower than the utmost.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Division of Agriculture Workplace of Inspector Normal (USDA OIG), Akron Police Division and the Summit County Sheriff’s Workplace. Help was offered by the US Marshals Service (USMS) and the Humane Society of Summit County (HSSC).
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brad J. Beeson and Marc D. Bullard.