An alleged drug trafficker was indicted on five counts for possessing nearly 80 pounds of cocaine and illegal possession of firearms, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio announced.
Jerry Davis Jr., 35 years-old, of New Franklin, Ohio was indicted on two counts of possession with the intent to distribute the almost 80 pounds of cocaine he was found with, according to a Justice Department news release.
Davis was also indicted on two counts of illegal possession of a firearm and one count of being felon in possession of a firearm. Davis has a long list of felonies on his record, including for heroin possession and sexual battery.
Ohio State Police and Akron Police Department officers had originally pulled over Davis while he was driving on November 1. Though stopping at first, Davis drove away, triggering a police chase.
Eventually, Davis crashed into a light pole and later proceeded on foot.
After jumping 30 feet off a bridge to escape, he was arrested. Officers discovered a loaded Glock .40-caliber pistol and almost 80 pounds of cocaine.
Davis’ home was searched by police similarly after obtaining a search warrant, finding another Springfield .45-caliber pistol and $67,658 in cash.
“The seizure of 36 kilograms is significant and is an indication that cocaine abuse continues to plague society,” said Special Agent Timothy Plancon with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). “Halting the activities of a large-scale, gun-toting, cocaine trafficker is a victory for the citizens of Akron and the surrounding communities, and was achieved thanks to the significant communication and cooperation of all of the local, state and federal law enforcement agencies involved.”
The arrest of Davis is not isolated in recent months in this region of Ohio.
As the Sinaloa Cartel has largely gained ground in the northeast part of the state, more drug trafficking from Chicago, Illinois and Yonkers, New York, both with ties to the Mexican drug cartel, have engulfed the area.
The FBI recently announced the indictment of 20 individuals who are facing charges of working with Sinaloa in order to traffic cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl into Ohio.
At the time, the DOJ news release mentioned that the individuals had “significant links” to Sinaloa, which runs the drug trade throughout the state.
John Binder is a contributor for Breitbart Texas. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.