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Toledo drug trafficking case goes federal

Modified: Saturday, Jul 26th, 2014

NEWPORT — Federal authorities have taken control of a narcotics trafficking case involving a Toledo man, who was allegedly in possession of more than 100 grams of methamphetamine when he ran afoul of the law.

Patrick Ball, 37, is facing a charge of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in connection with the June 13 incident. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison with a $1 million fine.

He made an initial appearance at a July 18 hearing at U.S. District Court in Eugene before Chief U.S. Judge Ann Aiken. Ball pleaded not guilty at the hearing, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement.

He is scheduled for trial Sept. 23 at U.S. District Court in Eugene.

Ball, who has a lengthy criminal history with multiple felony drug convictions, found himself in trouble again when a Toledo Police Department officer stopped the vehicle he was driving June 13.

At some point during the traffic stop, the police officer recognized items inside the vehicle that reflected information the department received about Ball’s alleged narcotics trafficking. The information came from the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team.

“Ball was issued traffic citations and left the scene of the stop on foot before further investigation into any narcotics related crimes could be completed,” LINT said in a report.

The same day of the traffic stop law enforcement authorities executed a search warrant on the vehicle Ball was driving when he was pulled over.

Authorities “recovered over one hundred grams of suspected methamphetamine as well as other evidence related to narcotics sales from inside the vehicle,” the report states.

Six days later, on June 19, Ball was indicted by the Lincoln County Grand Jury on felony charges of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, delivery of methamphetamine, and possession of methamphetamine.

A week later, on June 26, he was “located in Lincoln City during a traffic stop conducted by LINT and the Lincoln City Police Department,” the report states.

He was arrested, and then transported to Lincoln County Jail where he was held on $1 million bail.

But his case took a federal turn when the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office dismissed the charges July 18; a move made to allow federal prosecutors to take control.

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