MOUNT VERNON — A Columbus man who pleaded guilty Friday in Knox County Common Pleas Court agreed to give up vehicles and cash tied to drug trafficking offenses.
Charles M. Shannon, 41, pleaded guilty to aggravated possession of drugs, aggravated trafficking in drugs and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer.
The charges, which stem from two separate incidents, carry forfeiture specifications for a 1997 Chevy Silverado, a 2000 Chevy Tahoe and cash totaling $2,045.52. The state sought forfeiture of the vehicles and cash due to their being used to facilitate, or being the proceeds of, felony drug trafficking.
In exchange for Shannon’s guilty pleas, charges of aggravated possession of drugs and operating a vehicle with a hidden compartment used to transport a controlled substance were dismissed. The aggravated possession of drugs charge was further amended by Assistant Knox County Prosecuting Attorney Christine Williams from a second-degree felony to a third-degree felony.