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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Ohio

For Immediate Release

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Carole S. Rendon
, United States Attorney
Contact: Mike Tobin

Streetsboro Man Faces Drug and Firearms Charges

A Streetsboro man was indicted in federal court of drug and firearms violations, said Carole S. Rendon, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Theodore Elenniss, 39, of Streetsboro, was indicted on one count of maintaining a drug premises and one count of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

Elenniss maintained a place on State Route 303 in Streetsboro, for the purpose of manufacturing, distributing, and using controlled substances, those are: marijuana, amphetamine salts, Xanax, and Alprazolam. On Sept. 28, 2016, Elenniss possessed firearms, those are: a Remington, model 788 rifle; an AMT “Back Up”, .380 caliber pistol; a Mossberg, 12 gauge shotgun; a Savage Mark II, .22 caliber rifle; a Noble Company, model 235, .22 caliber rifle, and ammunition. He had those firearms despite having been previously convicted of a felony in the Portage County Court of Common Pleas in 2005, according to the indictment.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violations.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David M. Toepfer following an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Portage County Drug Task Force.   

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


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