A major drug bust in two Belmont County motel rooms last fall uncovered nearly 300 grams of cocaine and almost $10,000 in cash, all brought in by a man from Michigan.
The sheer quantities of the drug qualified the suspect as a Major Drug Offender, and Thursday morning, that man was in court to learn his punishment.
45-year-old Sharod Nickelson of Michigan has since pled guilty.
In the meantime, he was sentenced in West Virginia to seven years and three months in federal prison for a separate case. The defense asked that the sentences run concurrently.
But Judge John Vavra said no and Nickelson will serve 11 years in the Ohio penitentiary before he ever starts his federal time.
“You were very sophisticated in this situation. You actually rented two hotel rooms. It appears you kept the major portion of your drugs in the room which you weren’t occupying. I have to assume that’s because you assumed that if you were caught, they wouldn’t find that other stash or that stash. And then you were apparently having other people run the drugs from your hotel room out to the cars and parking lots,” said Judge Vavra.
Judge Vavra said Nickelson has a criminal history starting at age 17 and continuing throughout his life.
He told Nickelson, “Over the last 25 years, the only times when you haven’t been selling drugs were when you were in prison.”
The nearly $10,000 in cash he had at the time was seized and forfeited.