Cleveland man going away for 8 years for drug trafficking

Cleveland man going away for 8 years for drug trafficking

Gerald Howard, 61, of Cleveland, was sentenced by Judge Tammy O'Brien to 8 years of mandatory prison time for the crime of Trafficking in Heroin, a felony of the 1st degree.  Howard has a history of drug related offenses dating back to 1972.  

A jury found Mr. Howard guilty of trafficking in heroin on May 25, 2012.  Mr. Howard's co-defendant, Harriet R. Caynon, 55, had previously pled no contest and was found guilty of trafficking in heroin, a felony of the 1st degree, possession of heroin, a felony of the 1st degree, and carrying concealed weapons, a felony of the 4th degree.  Judge  O'Brien sentenced Ms. Caynon to three years mandatory time in prison.  This was her first felony offense.

Mr. Howard's and Ms. Caynon's convictions arise from a November 18, 2010 incident wherein the Defendants arranged to sell 200 grams of heroin to an Akron Police informant at a Montrose restaurant.  The street value of the heroin was approximately $200,000.00.

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