A Cuyahoga County woman caught with just over a pound of marijuana in the trunk of her car during a March traffic stop on S.R. 14 in Streetsboro was sentenced to probation and ordered to forfeit $9,000 in drug profits to police.
Samantha M. Ehlert, 20, formerly of Eastlake, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony, on May 17.
On Aug. 12, Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman ordered Ehlert to serve five years on probation, suspended her driver's license for one year, fined her $350 and ordered her to get a full-time job within six months.
A total of $9,120 in illicit drug profits found under a seat in Ehlert's 2007 Dodge Charger will be forfeited to the Streetsboro Police Department, Pittman ordered.
Following her arrest and release on bond, Ehlert spent five months in an inpatient treatment program at a local hospital and is now in the Cleveland Clinic's outpatient treatment program, Pittman was told.
"I'm going to do better and keep working one day at a time," Ehlert told Pittman.
"Don't throw your life away," Pittman replied.
Streetsboro police seized the money and 454 grams of marijuana found in Ehlert's vehicle after it was stopped for a registration violation on March 6. Streetsboro police estimated value of the marijuana was approximately $4,400.
Co-defendant and passenger Robert A. Webb, 23, of Willowick, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony, on June 17.
Already incarcerated due to convictions for drug trafficking and possession in Lake County, Pittman sentenced him on Aug. 5 to be interviewed for a bed at the Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program in Warren once he is released from prison, according to court records.
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