Cases of 3 Kent drug dealers closed with pleas

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

A Streetsboro man arrested following raids on several alleged Kent area drug dealers by the Portage County Drug Task Force in May 2012 has been sentenced to a three-year probation term.

Portage County Common Pleas Judge John Enlow recently placed Arthur E. Davis Jr., 24, of 771 Heath Lanein Streetsbiri on probation and ordered him to get a substance abuse evaluation.

Davis also was ordered to forfeit $687 in drug profits and pay $260 restitution to the drug task force, and his driver's license was suspended for six months with privileges for work, probation and treatment appointments, according to court records.

Davis pleaded guilty in October 2012 to two counts each of trafficking in heroin and trafficking in marijuana, all fifth-degree felonies, and one count of possession of heroin, a fourth-degree felony.

According to his indictment, Davis sold heroin or marijuana to undercover drug agents on Sept. 28 and Oct. 3, 2011, and on April 11, April 23 and May 2, 2012.

The drug task force raided addresses on Indian Valley Drive and in the 500 block of Franklin Avenue on May 3, 2012, seeking several men on drug-related charges. Davis and two others were eventually arrested, charged and later indicted by a Portage County grand jury.

One of those other men, Cody E. Belford, 25, with a last known address of 551 Franklin Ave., Kent, pleaded guilty in December to one count each of trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine and possession of methamphetamine, all fifth-degree felonies.

Sentencing in Enlow's courtroom is pending a pre-sentence investigation.

A third defendant, Michael E. Albaugh, 42, of 655 Ellen Court, Ravenna, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count each of trafficking in cocaine, a fourth-degree felony, and forgery, a fifth-degree felony.

Sentencing in Judge Laurie Pittman's courtroom is pending a pre-sentence investigation.

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  • Has anyone looked at Dale "MAJOR CHAOS" Kelly's civil legacy? This guy has a slew of civil matters just in the Portage County court system! Mr. Kelly, whom was hired by Sheriff Joke, Ran amuck in his personal business ventures. This Kelly guy is the administrator at the Sheriff's Office that ovrsees the budget! WHAT?!!!!! Shame on Sheriff Dave Doak, I would be embarassed. As far as the Drugs in Portage County, the Portage County Drug Tak Force, I mean meth lab clean up crew are only as good as their leader(s). Cmon Man! "Makes Cents".

  • Attention all drug dealers in portage county, don't except the plea bargain! Take all drug trafficking charges to trial! These Mickey Mouse cases are a joke and have no legs to stand on! I've heard that the task force is a laughing stock at the court house! 1st and 2nd degree felonies are being dropped to 5th degree felonies or being dismissed! This group of guys are so pathetic that its now protocol that the road guys have to notify limbert of any drug related stops! There starving for cases! Lmfao !!! q. How many sheriff deputies does dale need to send to the task force for make a drug case? A. Has to be more than 5 cause they haven't made any with the 4 they got! What the heck send a few more dale!!!!!

  • Attention all drug dealers in portage county, don't except the plea bargain! Take all drug trafficking charges to trial! These Mickey Mouse cases are a joke and have no legs to stand on! I've heard that the task force is a laughing stock at the court house! 1st and 2nd degree felonies are being dropped to 5th degree felonies or being dismissed! This group of guys are so pathetic that its now protocol that the road guys have to notify limbert of any drug related stops! There starving for cases! Lmfao !!! q. How many sheriff deputies does dale need to send to the task force for make a drug case? A. Has to be more than 5 cause they haven't made any with the 4 they got! What the heck send a few more dale!!!!!

  • I think the judges can't really send these types of very low level dealers to jail. And if they could, it would not be for very long. They are just not high up on the offense scale. Gotta believe that if any high level dealers were caught in the county they would hopefully be sent away for a long time.

  • Well here we go again. On the front page of this paper is an article from the County Prosecutor saying that drugs are the reason for the high crime rate here in Portage County. These drug dealers put citizens’ lives in danger because these druggies will break into homes and do anything to get the money to buy the drugs. Yet, here again our judges just slap the dealers on the wrist and give them probation.