By EILEEN MCCLORY
STAFF WRITER

Four out of five people accused of involvement in a scheme to sell more than $100,000 worth of methamphetamine in Hancock County have pleaded not guilty to charges, according to Hancock County Common Pleas Court documents.

A fifth suspect has not yet entered a plea.

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 June 19 by a Hancock County grand jury on charges of aggravated possession of drugs, a first-degree felony.

All except Martinez entered not guilty pleas last week.

Martinez’s aggravated possession of drugs charge also carries a major drug offender specification, meaning that if Martinez pleads guilty or is found guilty at trial, he would automatically be sentenced to the maximum sentence, 11 years in prison.

He also was charged with failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a fourth-degree felony.

Martinez has not yet entered a plea, though his arraignment was held June 22. His bond was set at $300,000, according to court documents, and he remains in the Hancock County jail, where he has been held since June 3.

Sanchez was also charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs, a first-degree felony, in addition to the aggravated possession of drugs charge. Both of the felony charges he faces come with a major drug offender specification.

His bond was set at $300,000 and he remains in the Hancock County jail. He pleaded not guilty on June 22, according to court documents.

Lopez also had a major drug offender specification tacked onto his aggravated possession of drugs charge. Lopez posted a $150,000 bond and was allowed to reside either in Apopka, Florida, or in Hancock County. He pleaded not guilty on June 27.

McDonald has not posted her $100,000 bond and is currently in the Hancock County jail, where she has been since June 3. She pleaded not guilty to aggravated possession of drugs on June 22.

Honorato has posted $5,000 of a $50,000 bond, which was allowed with the condition he reside at one address, not consume or possess illegal drugs, and give his probation officer a current cellphone number. He is residing in Apopka, Florida, according to court documents.

His arraignment was held June 27, when he pleaded not guilty to aggravated possession of drugs.

The Drug Enforcement Administration led the operation to arrest the five, Hancock County Prosecutor Phil Riegle said when the indictments were issued.

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.

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