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Sentence handed down in massive heroin case

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New York man connected to more than $70,000 in heroin by local authorities

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- A former Bronx, New York resident has been sentenced in connection with one of the largest drug raids in Guernsey County history.

Records of the Guernsey County Common Pleas Court show that 25-year-old Marlei Osei Matthew was sentenced to 46 months in prison when he appeared before Judge David A. Ellwood on Monday morning. Matthew previously pleaded "guilty" to trafficking in heroin (F3) and trafficking in cocaine (F4).

According to Guernsey County Sheriff Mike McCauley, Matthew was one of two suspects arrested in July 2013 as part of the drug raid in Cumberland. At that time, the Sheriff's Special Response Team seized more than $70,000 worth of heroin and $10,000 worth of prescription pills during a search of a trailer on Mill Street in the village. Several firearms and a considerable amount of cash were seized, as well.

Thirty-two-year-old Jennifer Corathers, also arrested during the drug bust, was convicted for having weapons under disability (F3) for her role in the crime.

As part of his decision, Judge Ellwood stated from the bench that Matthew's case will serve as a precedent in Guernsey County, that those convicted of trafficking in heroin will face incarceration.

Z. Daniel Barnett

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