Plea nets man 38 months

YOUNGSTOWN — A man from Warren was sentenced in U.S. District Court of Northern Ohio here to 38 months in prison after pleading guilty to one count of distributing cocaine.

Nicki L. Warfield, 43, 2530 Brier St., Warren, was sentenced during a hearing Wednesday before Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. Warfield’s prison time on this federal charge is to run concurrently to a nine-month sentence assigned to him by Trumbull County Judge Peter Kontos on Aug. 5, relating to a charge of tampering with evidence.

Warfield was one of 11 people arrested and indicted on federal drug trafficking charges in April. He had pleaded guil-ty in May.

In a federal indictment filed in April, Warfield and two others were charged in connection with the intent to distribute 1.1 pounds (or 500 grams) of a mixture and substance containing cocaine and at least .06 pounds (28 grams) of crack cocaine.

Federal officials record-ed numerous conversations held among two other members of the conspiracy, including one who was only identified as “the supplier,” according to the indictment.

In the indictment, War-field and the supplier on March 6, 7 and 14, 2018, had several telephone conversations about money owed to them. They also talked about making sure cocaine that was supposed to be distributed in the Youngs-town and Warren areas was not opened or tampered with.

In conversations with “the supplier, “ there were discussions about having to return some of the drug that was supposed to be sold as crack, but had been identified as raw or undercooked cocaine.

The undercooked cocaine threw off the weight of the drugs, which affected how the drugs were packaged and sold.