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Mukes will wait for sentencing

Updated: Monday, March 31 2014, 12:55 PM EDT


JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio –One of the men arrested in Jefferson County following an investigation into a heroin trafficking ring appeared in court for sentencing Monday morning.
That sentence never came, however, as the prior criminal record of Rashaan Mukes came into question.
Judge Joseph Bruzzese wanted to know more about Muke's prior convictions in Chicago.
Mukes was arrested on charges of trafficking in heroin in December following a two-year long investigation in Jefferson County.
During that December bust, officials made eight arrests. Six others were indicted by the Jefferson County Grand Jury with authorities saying Mukes and the others were responsible for transporting more than 23 kilograms of heroin from Chicago for distribution into the Steubenville area.
Jefferson County prosecutor Jane Hanlin saying Mukes’ punishment could be based on his past in Chicago.
“When we see these red flags on there, the court wants to know all of the offender’s background before he makes a decision,” she said. “If his record is worse than we originally thought it was, then obviously that may affect the court’s decision in terms of sentencing more harshly. If it isn't, then it leads the court possibly to believe that he might be amenable to some other sentence.”
There were several other arrests following that heroin ring bust. Mukes’ case one of the few that was prosecuted on a state level. Bruzzese set a new sentencing date for April 28.

Mukes will wait for sentencing


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