WARREN — A Warren man, who in 2017 was sentenced to 43 months in a federal prison on heroin charges, pleaded guilty to a federal charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm linked to a 2020 traffic stop in Warren.
Derrick L. Eggleston, 35, appeared in person Wednesday before U.S. Judge Christopher A. Boyko of the Northern Ohio District Court in Cleveland. Eggleston will be sentenced on July 12 after he undergoes a background investigation by the probation department.
The defendant will remain free on bond, Boyko ruled.
Court records show Eggleston, whose last local address was listed at 470 Fourth St. SW, was sentenced on the federal heroin possession charge on Nov. 2, 2017. He was on that federal probation on Aug. 8, 2020 when Warren police pulled over Eggleston’s Nissan on Kenilworth Avenue SE after he rolled through a stop sign.
A witness on a porch had called police to say he saw someone throw from the Nissan a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson special handgun out the passenger side window into a front yard. Police officers arrested Eggleston after they recovered the weapon and found more than $2,500 of cash in the Nissan’s center console, the report states.
According to the drug indictment, Eggleston was one of four people charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin and mail the drugs from California to Trumbull County. The incidents took place from September to November 2015. According to the indictment, Eggleston picked up the heroin from the Warren address and paid for it by mailing money to a California man.