Akron Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Intent to Traffic More Than 8 Kilograms of Methamphetamine

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Acting U.S. Attorney Michelle M. Baeppler announced that Gus Tell Jr., 56, of Akron, Ohio, was sentenced on May 19, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi to 15 years in prison after Tell pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute over 8 kilograms – or more than 17 pounds – of methamphetamine.

According to court documents, on August 28, 2021, officers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol stopped a vehicle belonging to Defendant Tell on Interstate Route 77 in Akron.  After a canine unit was alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle, officers conducted a search of the vehicle and found a duffel bag containing 20 packages of suspected methamphetamine. A lab analysis determined that the packages contained more than 8 kilograms of methamphetamine. 

Tell admitted to knowingly and intentionally possessing and intending to distribute the methamphetamine.  Tell has several prior felony convictions for drug trafficking and felonious assault in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas. 

The investigation was conducted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron P. Howell.