Medina woman found guilty at trial for drug crimes, unlawful possession of weapon

Staff Reports Posted 12 May 2017 at 5:18 pm

Erika Poole

ALBION – A Medina woman was found guilty during a trial that concluded today. Erika Poole, 37, was charged last July for criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.

Jurors found her guilty of selling and possessing cocaine. During a search of her residence on Salt Works Road, police also found a shotgun.

Poole, who had a prior felony, wasn’t allowed to have a weapon, District Attorney Joe Cardone said this afternoon.

Poole was found guilty of three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree (for having cocaine with the intent to sell) and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree (for having more than 500 milligrams of cocaine). She also was found guilty of unlawful possession of a weapon.

She will be sentenced in July and could face several years in prison.

The Poole trial may have been the final criminal trial for Judge James Punch, who is retiring July 29.

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