Springfield man learns sentence for 2019 drug raid at apartment

Springfield man learns sentence for 2019 drug raid at apartment
MAHDI CHANNELS

SPRINGFIELD — A Springfield drug dealer will spend five years in prison after he was found with a significant amount of drugs last year, prosecutors said.

Mahdi Channels, 22, was sentenced for possession of cocaine, receiving stolen property and possessing criminal tools.

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Deputies raided Channels’ East High Street Apartment in September and arrested two other people as well.

Inside his apartment, deputies found 63 grams of cocaine, a stolen rifle, $800 and a digital scale.

“For perspective, a Snickers candy bar only weighs about 50 grams,” said Clark County Prosecutor Daniel Driscoll.

Channels arrest was part of a two-month investigation into drug trafficking.

The sheriff’s office also found a 2-year-old in the home, Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett told our news partners at the Springfield News-Sun.

“There were some weapons just sitting around the area,” the sheriff said. “It’s very dangerous with that child running around. A 2-year-old can pick them up at any time and that’s why children services were called to the scene.”

Burchett said drug crimes are still a top priority for her office.

“When I took over drugs was one of the main things I wanted to work on,” she said. “I am constantly in touch with our drug unit, seeing what they’re doing and buying and they have been doing a very good job.”