Akron heroin dealer sentenced to mandatory 16 years in prison

Posted at 12:16 PM, Oct 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-19 12:16:49-04

An Akron drug dealer was sentenced to a mandatory 16 years in prison by the Summit County Court of Common Pleas on Wednesday.

Ernest Bennett, 43, of Akron, was sentenced to 16 years in prison on two separate cases, one dating back to 2015.

On August 9, Bennett pled to trafficking heroin, possession of heroin, possession of cocaine and having a weapon under disability.

Akron police pulled Bennett over while he was driving along Reed Avenue in November 2015. During the traffic stop, officers found two baggies of heroin, weighing a total of 58 grams, hidden in the center console.

Bennett, who has a criminal history dating back more than 20 years, was also driving without a valid driver's license. 

In February, while Bennett was out on bond for the 2015 incident, police searched his home and found two guns, heroin, cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Bennett is not eligible for parole and must serve the entire 16-year sentence.