from the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas C.P.C. No.
O'Brien, Prosecuting Attorney, and Barbara A. Farnbacher,
R. Venters, Public Defender, and Ian J Jones, for appellant.
Barbara A. Farnbacher.
1} Defendant-appellant, Andraus D. Mathews, appeals
from a judgment of conviction and sentence entered by the
Franklin County Court of Common Pleas pursuant to his no
contest plea to all six counts of a six-count indictment
following the trial court's denial of his motion to
suppress. Because the trial court did not err in denying
appellant's motion to suppress, we affirm.
Facts and Procedural History
2} On the morning of May 18, 2017, the U.S.
Marshall's Service entered an apartment on Ironwood Court
in Columbus, Ohio in search of a wanted felon. Four
individuals were found inside the apartment, including
appellant. There was a smell of marijuana, and narcotics and
paraphernalia were in plain view inside the residence. The
U.S. Marshall's Service contacted the Franklin County
Sheriffs "Special Investigations Unit"
("SIU") to come to the scene, take over and process
the suspects found inside the apartment.
3} Detective Mark Edwards, Jr. and Detective James
Jodrey of the Franklin County Sheriffs SIU were called to
report to the scene and assist in interviewing those found
inside the residence. Detective Edwards primarily conducted
the interview of appellant, which took place in the front
seat of Detective Edwards' police vehicle parked a short
distance from the apartment. Detective Jodrey was secondarily
involved in that he occasionally spoke to appellant through
the open passenger-side window of the vehicle.
4} At the outset of the interview, Detective Edwards
gave appellant Miranda warnings. Upon being
questioned, appellant told Detective Edwards that he had
completed 12th grade, that his grades included A's and
B's, that he had no difficulty reading and writing, and
that he had smoked a "couple joints" of
"weed" the previous day. Approximately half way
through the roughly 56 minute interview, appellant made an
incriminating statement that "the dope is mine."
(R. 63 at 2) At the end of the interview Detective Edwards
obtained appellant's signature on a constitutional rights
5} As a result of the foregoing events, on February
9, 2018, a Franklin County Grand Jury issued a six-count
indictment charging appellant with trafficking in cocaine, a
first-degree felony, in violation of R.C. 2925.03; possession
of cocaine, a first-degree felony, in violation of R.C.
2925.11; trafficking in heroin, a second-degree felony, in
violation of R.C. 2925.03; possession of heroin, a
second-degree felony, in violation of R.C. 2925.11;
aggravated trafficking in drugs, with a one-year firearm
specification, a third-degree felony, in violation of R.C.
2925.03; and aggravated possession ...