A Cleveland man who authorities identified as one of four leaders of a major Columbiana County drug trafficking ring is scheduled to be sentenced in November.
Allen Jackson, 27, has entered a plea according to Columbiana County Common Pleas Court records.
The plea came Wednesday as Jackson was on trial for a charges handed up in a 21-count indictment that included engaging in corrupt activity, participating in a criminal gang, and trafficking in drugs.
Court records do not yet indicate to which charges Jackson pleaded guilty.
Jackson's arrest came ten months after state and local authorities announced that 100 people had been charged following a three-year-old investigation called “Operation Big Oak”.
Attorney General Mike DeWine says Jackson and three others funneled drugs into the area, which were then sold by dozens of mid-level traffickers.
Authorities say the ring distributed fentanyl, carfentanil, heroin, and cocaine into Columbiana County for years.
Jackson's sentencing is set for November 1.