Three enter pleas in trafficking cases

Staff report


Three men entered guilty pleas this week in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court in two drug- trafficking cases.

Leonard C. Rogers, 27, of Woodbine Avenue, Struthers, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Lou D’Apolito to three counts of trafficking in heroin with forfeiture specifications.

The maximum sentence for the charges is three years. Prosecutors are recommending an 18-month prison sentence.

His plea headed off a trial that was to begin Monday. Sentencing is set for Sept. 18.

Two other men pleaded guilty Tuesday before Judge John M. Durkin, both of them for two counts of trafficking in marijuana and attempting to engage in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Devin Rutland, 25, of Fincastle Lane, and Charles Dorsett, 36, of Marmion Avenue, also will be sentenced Sept. 18.

The charges call for a maximum sentence of six years in prison. Both men are being asked to repay money to the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force, and prosecutors also are seeking the forfeiture of a shotgun that belonged to Dorsett.

A presentence investigation was ordered in the case. Prosecutors said in the plea bargain they will agree with whatever sentence the investigation recommends.

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