Man pleads guilty to drug, other charges

LISBON — A Youngstown man caught with a large amount of drugs in Salem in the fall of 2017 pleaded guilty to six counts on Friday in Common Pleas Court.

Allante Donaldson, 27, Youngstown, pleaded guilty to two counts of tampering with evidence, two counts of possession of drugs and one count each of possession of cocaine and possession of heroin.

On Oct. 29, 2017, Donaldson tried to conceal drugs by spinning away from police escorting him into the police station, while throwing away a bag of suspected narcotics. Additionally, while he was inside the Salem police department, Donaldson had a white residue around his mouth and police found a large amount of suspected narcotics inside his mouth.

The other charges state he had hydrocodone, at least 10 grams of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl.

Two additional charges of possession of drugs — for marijuana and alprazolam — will be dismissed.

Assistant County Prosecutor Ryan Weikart and Donaldson’s defense attorney, Jim Wise, asked for immediate sentencing and an 18 month sentence. They also asked Judge Scott Washam to run this sentence concurrent with the two-year sentence Donaldson is already serving in a Mahoning County case. The judge in that case reportedly indicated Donaldson’s sentence there was to run concurrently with whatever time he got in Columbiana County, where these charges were already pending.

Back in December, Youngstown police attempted pull him over for a traffic violation when Donaldson took off, first by vehicle and then by running. When he was found he had a loaded handgun and a baggie of crack cocaine.

Washam agreed to the 18-month concurrent sentence.