Attorneys ask for probation for Mineral Ridge man to be sentenced in federal drug case

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Attorneys ask for probation for Mineral Ridge man to be sentenced in federal drug case

The verdict on the case said Nicholas Anderson was selling drugs for a previous addiction

by: Joe Gorman

Posted: May 13, 2021 / 1:48 pm EDT
Updated: May 13, 2021 / 1:50 p.m. EDT

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Mineral Ridge man due to be tried in federal court next week after pleading guilty of drug conspiracy is seeking parole with house arrest and community service.

Nicholas Anderson’s attorney, 33, told U.S. Judge Christopher A. Boyko that his client only had a previous misdemeanor conviction and that he was selling drugs to support his own drug habit.

Anderson is due to be tried in Ohio’s Northern District Court on May 20 after pleading guilty of conspiracy to sell cocaine in January.

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One indictment in the case alleges that Anderson and three others sold cocaine at Mineral Ridge between September and November 2019.

When law enforcement issued a search warrant, one of the men had three pistols and an AR-15 rifle, the indictment said.

Anderson was the first of the four to resolve his case.

Anderson attorney Gregory S. Robey told Judge Boyko that his client had a good job and work experience, and he included a letter from Anderson’s employer on the memorandum. When he gets house arrest, Robey asked that Anderson get a work permit so he can continue working.

Robey said the fact that a gun was found in Anderson’s house when it was searched as part of the investigation should not adversely affect his client. Robey said his client was not legally barred from possession of a firearm and he had it for protection because he and his family were victims of a previous home invasion.

Anderson also bought the gun months prior to the investigation, Robey wrote.

Robey also included letters from family and friends in the memorandum asking Judge Boyko for a mild sentence.