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Seventeen people indicted for conspiracy that brought cocaine, heroin and Marijuana to Youngstown, Akron and Columbus

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June 25, 2013

A grand jury returned a 57-count indictment charging 17 people for their roles in a conspiracy that distributed cocaine, heroin and marijuana on the streets of Youngstown, Akron and Columbus, law enforcement officials announced.

Terrance A. Tarver obtained cocaine and marijuana from individuals in Columbus for distribution in Youngstown, Akron and Columbus. Tarver also obtained heroin from sources in Youngtown and Akron for distribution in Youngstown and Akron, according to the indictment.

Tarver was one of 10 people named in a federal indictment filed in April 2012. He has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

This indictment details a distribution network of people who obtained drugs from Tarver and then sold them throughout Northeast Ohio.

Count 1 charges all 17 people listed below with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, heroin and marijuana:

Defendant

Residence

Age

 

Benjamin J. Phillips

Cheraw, South Carolina

36

 

Leroy M. Hammonds

Youngstown, Ohio

41

 

Ronald O. Clark

Youngstown, Ohio

47

 

Phillip D. Whitman

Youngstown, Ohio

37

 

Gerard B. Balbirsingh

Farrell, Pennsylvania

45

 

Edward Odem, III

Sharon, Pennsylvania

34

 

Darryl C. Pippin

Youngstown, Ohio

43

 

Abdul W. Muhammad, aka Wally

Youngstown, Ohio

41

 

Clifton T. Hudson

Youngstown, Ohio

40

 

Dwayne A. Oliver

Youngstown, Ohio

42

 

Antjuan A. Adkins

Akron, Ohio

37

 

Edthaniel L. Tarver, aka Lamont

Youngstown, Ohio

37

 

Anthony J. Walker, aka Prem

Tempe, Arizona

36

 

Dontae R. Lackey

Columbus, Ohio

35

 

Quay L. Watkins

Akron, Ohio

35

 

Brandon M. Williams

Youngstown, Ohio

20

 

Patrick D. McWhorter

Youngstown, Ohio

21

“This group represents another layer of people who sold drugs throughout the region,” said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. “They profited from other people’s addictions.”

“The individuals arrested this morning represent the second tier of this cocaine, heroin, and marijuana trafficking organization” said Stephen D Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Cleveland office.  “As evidenced by this continuing investigation, the FBI will work with our law enforcement partners to target and eliminate the most significant threats to our communities.”

Lt. Jeff Solic, who leads the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force, said: “These types of cases and arrests are only possible because of the tremendous cooperation between local, state and federal law enforcement.”

Counts 2-4 of the indictment charge defendants Benjamin J. Phillips, Abdul W. Muhammad, aka Wally, Brandon M. Williams and Patrick D. McWhorter with maintaining a premises for the purposes of distributing and using controlled substances.  Counts 5-57 of the indictment charge the defendants with using a telephone to facilitate drug trafficking.   

The investigation was conducted under the U.S. Attorney’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) which is part of a national program that seeks to identify, investigate and prosecute significant drug trafficking enterprises by utilizing multiple investigative and prosecution resources.

If convicted, the defendants’ sentences will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendants’ prior criminal records, if any, the defendants’ roles in the offenses and the characteristics of the violations.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Nancy L. Kelley and Linda H. Barr.

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.

 

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