Ravenna Township heroin dealer gets 3 years in prison

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

For selling heroin out of a Ravenna Township home and in the presence of a child last month, a 53-year-old man has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Melvin L. Dossie was sentenced Friday by Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman after pleading guilty to trafficking in heroin, a second-degree felony.

He faced a minimum of two years or up to eight years in prison.

Dossie was indicted Dec. 6 on five counts of trafficking or possession of drugs, including heroin and prescription painkillers.

According to Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci, the Portage County Drug Task Force received information about alleged drug activity at 2788 Brady Lake Road and conducted surveillance on the residence in early December.

Police stopped a car leaving the residence on Dec. 3, and a search of the vehicle turned up heroin that had just been purchased.

A search warrant was executed on Dossie's house, and drug task force agents recovered more than five grams of heroin, the prescription painkillers hydrocodone -- also known as Vicodin -- and oxycontin and marijuana, Vigluicci said.

The heroin was sold in the vicinity of a juvenile, according to Dossie's indictment.

Also recovered were $2,603 in cash, scales used to weigh drugs, hypodermic needles used to inject drugs and a cell phone used to make drug transactions, according to Dossie's indictment.

Dossie had a previous conviction for felony possession of cocaine in Summit County in March 2004, according to his indictment.

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Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

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