Justice for Cleveland man who stood up to drug dealers with cameras, signs

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A FOX 8 I-Team camera rolled to watch a Vietnam veteran get justice in his dangerous battle against illegal drug dealing in his neighborhood.

Robert Jablonski lives near West 120th and Lorain in Cleveland. He captured lots of suspicious activity on surveillance cameras, and he put up all kinds of warning signs trying to stop people from buying and selling drugs. But those cameras even captured a man spray painting one of those signs.

Finally, Wednesday, Daniel Steele faced a judge. He pleaded guilty to a drug possession charge, a gun charge, and child endangering. And as Steele got sentenced, Jablonski stood up. He told the judge, "The threat of the gun forced me to purchase a gun which I do not like. Fifty years ago, I gave up the gun."

Councilwoman Dona Brady also spoke up and asked for the maximum sentence.

Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold gave Steele three years, the max with these charges. However, Cuyahoga County prosecutors say Steele just got arrested for drugs again a few days ago, so he could be facing more time.

Steele is not from the U.S., and prosecutors expect him to be deported after serving his prison time.

Prosecutors believe the drug sales involved marijuana, and police found $20,000 in suspected drug money in the home. Prosecutors also say there was a cut-out at the back door similar to a drive-thru window believed to be there for drug sales.

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