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Former heroin dealer granted judicial release

Will be referred to West Central

Mongold Lance


A defendant who was previously the subject of a drug raid that netted more than $3,300 and more than $2,000 in drugs will be screened for the West Central Community Based Correctional Facility.

Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor granted a judicial release motion for Lance M. Mongold, 24, of East Liberty.

The defendant will be assigned a bed date and admitted to the community-based correction facility at the next available opportunity, the judge ruled. He must also undergo five years’ community control and pay court costs.

He was sentenced in August to 18 months in prison for one count of possession of drugs, a third-degree felony.

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Detectives with the Logan County Joint Drug Task Force seized 132 foil-wrapped doses of heroin, a 9 mm handgun and $3,377 during the Dec. 6, 2011, arrest of Lance M. Mongold.(File Photo/Logan County Joint Drug Task Force)

As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors agreed not to oppose a West Central referral after the defendant had served 90 days in prison.

A residence at 354 Belle Meadows Drive, Belle Center, was raided December, 2011, by agents with the Logan County Joint Drug Task Force, following a months-long investigation. Officers seized $3,377 in cash and 132 foil-wrapped packages of heroin.

Authorities said the defendant traveled to Columbus and purchased the drug for $10 a dose. He reportedly then split the $10 dose and sell each half for $20.

Defense attorney Scott Barrett said his client’s heroin addiction began with abuse of prescription pills.

“When Lance told his doctor he was abusing his medications, he was cut off entirely and started using heroin,” he said.

Mr. Mongold incurred no disciplinary infractions while in prison and has no prior conviction.

He will be lodged in the Logan County Jail prior to his admission to West Central.

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