Plea reached in regional drug case

WARREN — A second defendant in a regional drug investigation has accepted a plea agreement involving a likely prison term of three years.

The TAG (Trumbull-Ashtabula-Geauga) Law Enforcement Task Force called its probe “Operation Green Tree.”

Jason Washington, 31, of Terra Alta Street, Warren, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana, two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, one count of possession of drugs, and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Four of the charges indicated that Washington used a firearm in commission of the crimes, and five of the charges indicated that items he used in committing the crimes or obtained while committing the crimes could be turned over to law enforcement.

In addition to agreeing to pay a fine of $10,000, Washington agreed to forfeit $4,030 in cash, a gun, ammunition, gun holster, a bulletproof vest and scales.

Washington’s plea agreement says the prosecutor’s office recommends a sentence of two years in prison on the six convictions and one year on the gun specification. All of the convictions combined could have resulted in 31.5 years in prison plus fines.

He is scheduled for sentencing Feb. 27 before Judge Andrew Logan.

Washington is among seven Trumbull County residents indicted after a year-long investigation of drug dealing that had been going on for several years in the central part of the county.

In addition to $44,000 in cash, vehicles, three residences and a boat, investigators seized six pounds of suspected marijuana, nearly a half-pound of suspected cocaine, and prescription drugs.

On Monday, Robert Zadai, 26, of Shafer Road,   Champion Township, accepted a plea agreement that included a recommendation for one year in prison and forfeiture of a vehicle for his involvement in the drug ring.

Cases are pending against five other defendants.

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