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Drug dealer pleads; could get a year in prison

Published: Monday, January 8, 2007


WARREN ó A Champion man linked to six other people suspected of being Trumbull County drug dealers has accepted a plea agreement that is likely to lead to around one year in prison.

Robert Zadai, 26, of Shafer Road, pleaded guilty today in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to two counts of trafficking in marijuana with provisions for forfeiting a vehicle and one count of attempting to engage in a pattern of corrupt activity.

He will be sentenced after an investigation by the countyís adult probation department.

Chuck Morrow, assistant county prosecutor, told Judge Andrew Logan that an investigation by the Trumbull, Ashtabula, Geauga counties Law Enforcement Task Force caught Zadai selling more than 400 grams (14 ounces) of suspected marijuana at the Elm Road Giant Eagle in Warren on Feb. 28, 2005, and again at a location on Hoagland-Blackstub Road on March 8, 2005.

Morrow said he will recommend Zadai get one year in prison. The maximum sentence Zadai could get is six to 18 months in prison on each of the trafficking charges and one to five years in prison on engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity for a total of up to eight years.

Judge Logan will decide on Zadaiís sentence based on what the pre-sentence investigation shows.

Sgt. Jeff Orr, commander of TAG, said Zadai lived with one of the other defendants, Lisa Boone, 29, who also faces drug trafficking charges. She is the daughter of defendant Sharon Boone, 46, of Pierce Road, Champion, and the sister of defendant Robert Boone, 26, of the Pierce Road address, who also face drug trafficking charges.

Others charged in the case are Jason Washington, 31, of Terra Alta Street, Warren; Christopher Jibotian, 20, North Park Avenue Extension, Bristolville; and James Albaugh, 29, of Mason Street, Warren.

Charges against the seven were filed after a one-year TAG investigation.
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