For Immediate Release
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
, United States Attorney
Benjamin C. Glassman
Contact: Jennifer Thornton
Columbus Woman Pleads Guilty to Gun, Drug Charges
Columbus Field Division
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Temesia A. Green, 44, of Columbus, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to three drug and gun charges.
Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Trevor Velinor, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs announced the plea entered into before U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley.
Green pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
According to the Statement of Facts in this case, Green used her residence on Whitethorn Avenue in Columbus to sell heroin. She agreed with other individuals to bring heroin into the home and acquired firearms to protect the heroin and the proceeds from the sale of the drug.
Numerous regular customers would come to Green’s home to buy and use heroin, and Green also supplied individuals with the narcotic to sell outside the residence.
In January 2017, when Columbus Police officers executed a search warrant at the residence, they discovered five handguns, at least three of which were reported stolen. Green had two loaded handguns in her purse; her juvenile son had a loaded pistol and two other handguns were located in the home. They also found more than eight grams of heroin in the home.
Subsequent search warrants executed by ATF at the residence uncovered 92 pill capsules filled with heroin and fentanyl, 40 grams of marijuana, 40 oxycodone pills, 17 Xanax pills and eight additional loaded handguns.
Green had previously been convicted in 1995 in Franklin County Common Pleas Court of attempted robbery.
Conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin is a crime punishable by a range of 10 years to life in prison. Using a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime carries a potential sentence of five years to life in prison, to be served consecutively to other sentences. Possessing a firearm after being convicted with a felony is a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by ATF and Columbus Police, and Assistant United States Attorneys David M. DeVillers and Jessica W. Knight, who are representing the United States in this case.
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