Two Chicago Men Indicted On Heroin Charges
An indictment was filed charging Marcellus C. Lee, age 33, and Gregory A. Collins, aka “D.D.”, age 36, both of Chicago, with one count of conspiracy to distribute a kilogram of heroin and with one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
The indictment results from an investigation conducted by the Northern Ohio Law Enforcement Task Force (NOLETF), in Cleveland, Ohio. The NOLETF is a long standing multi-agency task force comprised of investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Cleveland Division of Police, Cleveland Heights Police Department, Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, Euclid Police Department, Regional Transit Authority Police Department, Strongsville Police Department, Westlake Police Department and Shaker Heights Police Department. The NOLETF is also one of the initial Ohio High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) initiatives. The HIDTA Program supports and helps coordinate numerous Ohio drug task forces in their efforts to eliminate or reduce drug-trafficking in Ohio. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christian H. Stickan.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.