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Two men linked to drug organization want a trial

Two men connected to the largest drug bust in Columbus history — one of them high up in the narcotics organization -- told a judge Wednesday they want a trial.

Michael Harris and Thomas Melvin appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land in jail clothes as their attorneys asked for more information from the government, and in Melvin's case, a chance to get out on bond. Land also heard the plea agreements Assistant U.S. Attorney Mel Hyde had put on the table for both men, ensuring they understood the offers and hearing their requests for a trial.

"Is that offer still on the table?" Land asked after hearing the first offer given to Melvin.

"Yes, sir, but not for long," the prosecutor said.

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