By EILEEN MCCLORY
Five Florida residents are accused of driving from their home state to Hancock County in early June in a scheme to sell about $100,000 worth of methamphetamine.
Hancock County Prosecutor Phil Riegle said the amount of meth was between 8,000 and 20,000 doses. A dose of meth ranges from one-tenth to one-quarter of a gram.
The Drug Enforcement Administration led the operation to arrest the five.
Salomon Lopez, 28, Isidoro Martinez, 19, Johnny Honorato, 23, Stacy McDonald, 29, and Manuel Rivera Sanchez, 36, all of Apopka, Florida, are accused in the scheme. All five were indicted Tuesday by a Hancock County grand jury on charges of aggravated possession of drugs, a first-degree felony.
Lopez, Martinez, McDonald and Sanchez have been held in the Hancock County jail since June 3. No information was available Tuesday on whether Honorato is incarcerated.
Sanchez was also charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs, a first-degree felony. Both of the felony charges he faces come with a major drug offender specification, meaning that if Sanchez pleads guilty or is found guilty at trial, he would automatically be sentenced to the maximum sentence, 11 years in prison.
Martinez was also charged with failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony. His aggravated possession of drugs charge also carries a major drug offender specification.
Lopez had a major drug offender specification tacked onto his aggravated possession of drugs charge.
While the Drug Enforcement Administration led the operation to arrest the five, the METRICH Drug Task Force, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Allen County Sheriff’s Office, Findlay Police Department, Bluffton Police Department and the State Highway Patrol assisted in the arrests, Riegle said.
“We appreciate the efforts of all the different agencies that played a role in this,” Riegle said.