A Columbus man has been sentenced to five years in prison for trafficking in drugs — heroin, specifically — in Delaware County.
Anselmo Magallanez-Robles, 26, was in Delaware County Common Pleas Court on Friday to be sentenced for trafficking in drugs, a first-degree felony, by Judge Everett Krueger.
Magallanez-Robles had originally entered a not guilty plea to the charge but changed his plea to “guilty” in exchange for other charges being dropped.
Krueger sentenced Magallanez-Robles to five years in prison but credited him for the 121 days he has spent in the Delaware County Jail since his arrest on April 22.
Krueger also ordered that he pay a mandatory fine of $10,000. When he is released from prison, he will be subject to five years of probation. Krueger said.
Magallanez-Robles is one member of a trio that had allegedly been dealing heroin in Delaware and Franklin counties.
Claudia Santos-Hernandez, 28, whom prosecutors said was a heroin packager working with Magallanez-Robles, was earlier sentenced to 18 months in prison.
The other defendant in the case, Tomas Martinez-Lopez, 20, entered a plea of guilty to two counts of trafficking in drugs — one a second-degree felony, the other a fourth-degree felony — on Aug. 3, a day before his trial was scheduled to start.
Krueger ordered a pre-sentence investigation and said Martinez-Lopez could face between six months and 18 months for one charge and between two years and eight years for the second charge.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 14 at 9 a.m.
Walter said the trio was arrested April 22 when Delaware County Drug Task Force units and Dublin police executed a search warrant at an address on Valley Ridge in Columbus. Walter said the three are not U.S. citizens and do not have Social Security numbers.
Walter added that investigators spoke to Magallanez-Robles on several occasions to arrange drug deals and said that Magallanez-Robles appeared at one of the transactions. Martinez-Lopez was reportedly at the other four drug deals. Walter said investigators were able to purchase more than 150 balloons of heroin — close to eight grams — during one of the drug deals.
The deals occurred in a parking lot adjacent to the Best Buy store at Polaris in Delaware County, prosecutors said.
Martinez-Lopez was in the Delaware County Jail on Tuesday. Magallanez-Robles was also in the jail, awaiting his transfer to prison.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG