April 19, 2014

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Accused drug trafficker hit with weapons charge

MEDINA — A 23-year-old Medina man free on bond on a marijuana trafficking charge was indicted for having a firearm while awaiting trial.

Taylor J. Riggs, of 900 Dawn Court, Apt. 21, was charged with having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in prison.

Ohio law prohibits anyone charged with or convicted of felony drug violations from having guns.

The gun charge stems from a 10:40 p.m. call on Nov. 10 from Riggs’ ex-girlfriend, who told police Riggs put the gun — a .38-caliber revolver — in her face after an argument.

He was indicted last week by a county grand jury and will enter a plea to the charge Dec. 19 before Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler.

Riggs also is charged with domestic violence in Medina Municipal Court in the incident. He pleaded not guilty and is set for a Jan. 3 bench trial before Municipal Judge Dale H. Chase.

Riggs’ drug-trafficking trial is scheduled to begin Monday in Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier’s courtroom. The charge is a fifth-degree felony punishable by up to a year in prison.

Riggs was released from the county jail Nov. 12 on 10 percent of a $30,000 bond.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

  • Ricky Jones

    give him 20 yrs.no plea deal