POMEROY — A Columbus man was sentenced to a mandatory 11 years in prison on Monday after pleading no contest to a pair of felony one drug charges.
Inielsis G. Isaac, 41, of Columbus entered the no contest pleas to charges of possession of drugs and trafficking in drugs.
According to statements made in court by Prosecutor James K. Stanley, Isaac was in possession of 2,000 grams of heroin when stopped by a Ravenswood Police Officer after crossing the bridge in to Ohio. The stop occurred along Route 33 in Meigs County.
Stanley went on to say that stated believed there was consent to search Isaac’s vehicle at the time of the stop, with 4.45 pounds of heroin reportedly located in a package. He added that Isaac had reportedly traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina to pick up the package, which he was taking back to Columbus.
The heroin would have a street value of $480,000 to $800,000 Stanley stated, citing information form the Major Crimes Task Force.
The quantity of heroin makes Isaac a “Major Drug Offender,” which requires a mandatory maximum prison term, which for a felony one is 11 years.
The sentence also includes a fine of $10,000 to $20,000, which can be waived if the defendant is indigent. Isaac’s attorney filed an affidavit of indigence on behalf of Isaac which will be considered by the judge before a determination on the fine.
Isaac’s attorney Terry Sherman had previously argued through a motion to suppress that the search of Isaac’s vehicle which located the alleged drugs was invalid for a number of reasons. The stop was initiated for failure to properly display a license plate and going left of center.
First, the officer from the Ravenswood Police Department initiated the traffic stop outside of his jurisdiction along Route 33 in Ohio just across the bridge. The stop was also a “prolonged” stop according to documents provided by Sherman. Consent for the search was also a matter of question by Sherman as English is not Isaac’s native language as made evident by a translator at the defense table at Monday’s hearing.
By pleading “no contest” Isaac’s right to appeal is preserved, stated his defense counsel.
Isaac will have 30 days from the date of the sentencing entry filing in order to file an appeal in the case.