April 20, 2014

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$10 million bail set for man found with drugs, fake money

LORAIN — A $10 million bond was set Tuesday for a Lorain man found with drugs and counterfeit money when police raided his Hamilton Avenue home.
The hefty bond was recommended by the city prosecutor during 29-year-old Charles Hartman’s court appearance because prosecutors say he’s a flight risk. Municipal Court Judge Mark J. Mihok went with the recommendation but asked for more information today.
After bond was set, arraignment was delayed until 2 p.m. today because he had no lawyer.
He is at the Lorain County Jail on charges including trafficking in drugs, possession of marijuana and having weapons under disability.
Police say Hartman has been on the run since 2006, when he failed to appear in court for three different cases and arrest warrants were issued. A bonding company has been searching for him ever since — finally locating him in the 200 block of Hamilton Avenue.
According to the search warrant police obtained, Hartman was known to have a bulletproof vest, carry guns and use Rottweiler dogs for protection. During Friday’s arrest, which took place just after 2:30 p.m., police found guns and dogs as well as a marijuana-growing lab complete with a hydraulic press to compress the drugs into bricks, a digital scale, bags of dried marijuana and white powder believed to be cocaine, the search warrant said.
Also confiscated were $2,279 in cash, counterfeit $10 bills and sheets of counterfeit $1 bills.
An agent of the Secret Service, which handles currency issues, visited Hartman at jail prior to Tuesday’s hearing, according to court officials.