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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Thirteen Individuals Charged In Drug and Money Laundering Conspiracies

Thirteen Individuals Charged In Drug and Money Laundering Conspiracies

 

DETROIT - United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison announced that an indictment was unsealed today charging 13 individuals with drug and money laundering crimes.  The drug crime is for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, namely Fentanyl including counterfeit Fentanyl pills, cocaine and cocaine base, methamphetamine and marijuana. The money laundering crime is for money laundering conspiracy, namely engaging in monetary transactions to launder drug proceeds.

Ison was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Kent Kleinschmidt, Drug Enforcement Administration, Detroit Division.

Named in the federal indictment were:

  1. CESAR MATIA GARCIA, a.k.a. “Cee,” - 27 of Phoenix, Arizona; Indicted for both drug and money laundering conspiracies,
  2. KYLE ALLAN KENNARD, a.k.a. “Whopp Dogg,” a.k.a. “Dogg,” a.k.a., “Whopp,” – 36 of Detroit, Michigan; Indicted for both drug and money laundering conspiracies,
  3. LEO BRADLEY TODD, a.k.a. “LWay,” a.k.a. “Sway,” – 32 of Detroit, Michigan; Indicted for both drug and money laundering conspiracies,
  4. CORDERALLA PIERA CAMPBELL, a.k.a. “Chi,” a.k.a. “Teezy,” – 33 of Detroit, Michigan; Indicted for both drug and money laundering conspiracies,
  5. PERISE JAAMAR SMITH, a.k.a. “P,” - 32 of Detroit, Michigan; Indicted for drug conspiracy,
  6. JALIN DEANDRE GARDNER, a.k.a. “Styles,” a.k.a. “Stizie,” 28 of Detroit, Michigan; Indicted for drug conspiracy,
  7. MARCOS ANTONIO MONARREZ, - 22 of Phoenix, Arizona; Indicted for drug conspiracy,
  8. ISMAEL RODRIGUEZ, - 19 of Phoenix, Arizona; Indicted for drug conspiracy,
  9. KAPRI FATIMA OLDHAM, - 24 of Detroit, Michigan; Indicted for both drug and money laundering conspiracies,
  10. RAMIKA SHANEE BOAZE, - 29 of Phoenix, Arizona; Indicted for drug conspiracy
  11. BRIANNA TESHARRI BLAKE, - 24 of Detroit, Michigan; Indicted for money laundering conspiracy,
  12. DARRION LANAE WASHINGTON, a.k.a. “Hannah,” - 27 of Detroit, Michigan; Indicted for money laundering conspiracy,
  13. CATEASHA LATREASE WELLS-IVY, of Detroit, Michigan – 35 of Detroit, Michigan; Indicted for money laundering conspiracy.

Of the thirteen defendants, 9 have been arrested in Detroit and will be appearing in federal court this afternoon for their arraignment.  Two defendants have been arrested in Arizona and will be appearing in federal court for their removal proceedings this afternoon.

"With these arrests, a major fentanyl distribution organization has been dismantled,” stated US Attorney Ison.  “I’d like to thank the entire law enforcement team that worked so hard on this case.  This case demonstrates cooperation and teamwork at its best.”

“Today’s arrests are the result of an aggressive strategy to target those who allegedly profit off the distribution of counterfeit pills laced with deadly amounts of fentanyl.   DEA will continue to investigate those responsible for distributing illegal drugs throughout our communities in an effort to save lives,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Kent Kleinschmidt

The indictment alleges that since at least February of 2019, the majority of defendants conspired to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base, Fentanyl, methamphetamine and marijuana.  The indictment alleges that over 500 grams of cocaine, Fentanyl and methamphetamine were involved in the conspiracy.  In addition, several defendants have been charged with money laundering, which in this case is engaging in monetary transactions to launder drug proceeds.

In conjunction with the unsealing of the indictment, DEA special agents, along with agents and officers from other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, executed numerous search warrants at various locations throughout Michigan and Phoenix, Arizona. 

The charges in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This investigation was conducted by special agents of the DEA, Detroit Division, Phoenix Division, Louisville Division (Lexington Office), and law enforcement officials from Michigan State Police, Kentucky State Police, Wayne County Airport Police Department, US Marshals Service, US Border Patrol, White Lake Police Department.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys David Portelli and Alyse Wu.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated February 9, 2022