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Judge: Jeffrey Helmick
Court: The United States Court for the Northern District of Ohio
Plaintiff's Attorney: The United States Attorney’s Office for Toledo
Eddie Lee Pope, age 51, of Detroit, Michigan, was sentenced to 240 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Helmick, after being convicted by a jury, in October 2023, of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Pope was sentenced to ten years of supervised release after he serves his prison term and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.
According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Pope was stopped by Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers on State Route 15 in Wyandot County for a traffic offense. After troopers on the scene pulled Pope over, Pope ran into a stand of woods on the side of the highway and discarded a bag containing a pound of crystal methamphetamine. Pope, who had several prior drug trafficking convictions, was on parole at the time he possessed the crystal methamphetamine.
The investigation was conducted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert Melching and Alissa Sterling.