Mexican National Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Illegal Reentry and Role in Fentanyl Trafficking Conspiracy
Federal, state, county and local law enforcement today participated in a wide-ranging takedown operation of 24 individuals charged in a multiple count indictment filed in federal court. These defendants are accused of participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy that involved the use of a communications facility to facilitate a drug felony and the distribution of cocaine, cocaine base, and fentanyl in the Toledo area.
20 individuals were arrested during an early morning operation and transported to federal court in Toledo. The arrests were conducted by the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force, Toledo Metro Drug Task Force, the Northwest Ohio Interdiction Task Force and the USMS Fugitive Task Force. This effort was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation.
U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman, FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric B. Smith and Toledo Police Chief George Kral made the announcement.
“Today’s arrests and indictment reflect the collaborative resolve of law enforcement in this region to continue our fight against drug trafficking in our neighborhoods,” said U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman. “To any trafficker, no matter how well connected or organized you think you are, know that if you continue to push drugs in our communities, you will eventually be caught and we will do everything we can to ensure that you go to federal prison.”
"These individuals are responsible for distributing dangerous illegal narcotics through our Toledo and surrounding communities, said FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric B. Smith. “Most often, as in this case, where there are illegal drugs, there are guns and violence. Law enforcement, with the publics’ assistance, has rid the streets of this violent drug trafficking organization."
“Through operations like this, law enforcement continues to target the criminals who wreak havoc in our community through the distribution of illegal and dangerous drugs,” said Toledo Police Chief George Kral. “I am grateful for the ongoing and continued relationship with our federal partners.”
Named in the indictment are Anthony Duff, age 44; Jackie Green, age 51; Anthony King, age 46; Antonio Mays, age 46; Antuan Wynn, age 45; Tomar Belcher, age 46; Ray Brown, age 37; Damian Dalton, age 46; Mark Humphrey, age 46; Kevion Jones, age 23; Kimberly Marshall, age 36; Orlando McCall, Sr., age 45; Jeremiah Mims, age 39; Marcus Odoms, age 43; Christopher Simpson, age 29; Daniel Ulis, Sr., age 46; Demetrius Wallace, Jr., age 20; Frederick Wilson, Jr., age 39; Kali Kowalski, age 34; Dawn Rahmstock, age 54; Briana Siler, age 24; Heidi Vaculik age 42; and Angela Whittecar, age 42 all of Toledo, Ohio, and Marquise Figures, age 35, of Wayne, Ohio.
According to the indictment, from December 2019 through the present day, the defendants are accused of conspiring together to distribute large quantities of fentanyl, crack cocaine and at least 5 kilograms of cocaine in the Toledo area and the use of a communications facility to facilitate a drug felony.
The conspirators are accused of using multiple cellular devices and code words to conceal their activity and various residences in the Toledo area to store, break down, package and distribute their narcotics and proceeds.
Defendants DUFF, KING, WYNN, MIMS and ULIS are all facing enhanced penalty charges due to previous felony convictions. In addition, defendant GREEN is charged with an additional account of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
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.
If convicted, the defendants’ sentences will be determined by the Court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including each defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, each 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.
The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, Toledo Metro Drug Task Force and the Northwest Ohio Interdiction Task Force.
The FBI Safe Streets is comprised of the FBI, Toledo Police Department, Sylvania Township Police Department and the Oregon Police Department. The Toledo Metro Drug Task Force is comprised of the FBI, Toledo Police Department, Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Lucas County Sheriff’s Office, and ATF. The Northwest Ohio Interdiction Task Force is comprised of the FBI, Toledo Police Department, Lucas and Wood County Sheriff’s Offices.
This effort was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Alissa M. Sterling and Robert Melching.