Canal Winchester man sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking

(Courtesy: Columbus Division of Police)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- A Canal Winchester man will spend the next several years behind bars after he was sentenced for drug trafficking, specifically cocaine.

William M. Totten, 55, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to serve 125 months in prison for leading a drug trafficking ring in Central Ohio that distributed more than 20 kilograms of cocaine.

Totten and four others were charged following a cooperative investigation by federal, state and local law enforcement in Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio.

According to court documents, Totten used a residence in Columbus and his residence in Canal Winchester to store narcotics and to conduct cocaine transactions. During a search warrant conducted at Totten’s residence when agents arrested him on December 6, 2013, investigators found 10 plastic wrapped packages, each containing two kilograms of cocaine powder, concealed in the basement. Agents also seized additional cocaine and kilogram-sized wrappers with residue.

Totten pleaded guilty on September 5, 2014 to one count of conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and one count of money laundering.

Totten agreed to forfeit the proceeds of the drug activity, which include nearly $95,000 in cash, jewelry and three real properties.

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