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“He’s been in prison on and off for the last 10 years for drug offenses,” Saunders said.
Stoermer’s attorney, Samuel Latham, didn’t return a phone call from the Springfield News-Sun seeking comment for this article.
A Clark County jury found Stoermer guilty on all counts in about three hours. They also found that the gun, the SUV and the money were used or related to drug dealing.
Stoermer had a lot of cocaine on him at the time of the search warrant, Saunders said. Typically users of the drug have a gram or so on them at any given time, the prosecutor said. Stoermer had 240 grams, which Saunders said could have affected hundreds of people if he wasn’t caught.
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“The amount of cocaine could be distributed to at least 100 people but that can be stretched up to 200 or 300 people,” Saunders said.
There were plea negotiations leading up to the trial but after a judge rejected a defense motion to suppress evidence, Saunders said those talks stopped.
“There were no deals after that,” Saunders said. “We were prepared to go forth with the indicted charges.”
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