Eleven Individuals Involved in International Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Organization Indicted
Eight people were indicted in federal court for their roles in a conspiracy to create a methamphetamine and cocaine trafficking supply chain from Mexico to Northeast Ohio.
Named in the 13-count indictment are: Jesus Cota Medina, 26, of Mexico; Deon Johnson, 48, of Cleveland; Michelle Dailey, 44, of Cleveland; Shauheen Sohrabi, 32, of Akron; Joseph Terlizzi, 28, of Bedford; Tyrone Rogers, 36, of Maple Heights; Hector Manuel Ramos-Nevarez, 26, of Mexico, and Gilbert Treviso-Garcia, 24, of Mexico.
All eight are charged with conspiracy to manufacture and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Terlizzi is additionally charged with possessing a firearm in relation to drug trafficking and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Ramos-Nevarez and Treviso-Garcia are charged with interstate travel in aid of racketeering.
“Member of this group traveled from Ohio to Mexico to set up a drug supply chain and then actively plotted a murder when they believed someone robbed from them,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said. “This case demonstrates that the threat posed by Mexican criminal organizations to our region is very real,”
“This indictment are yet another example of the prevalence of drugs and the demand for drugs in the Cleveland area and surrounding communities,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Timothy Plancon. “The DEA continues our efforts to target drug traffickers.”
Johnson, while incarcerated, organized and orchestrated a plan to distribute methamphetamine in Ohio. Co-conspirators Dailey and Rogers traveled from Ohio to Mexico for the purpose of creating a drug trafficking chain of supply, organized by Johnson and Cota-Medina, according to the indictment.
Johnson, Rogers, Terlizzi and others arranged, through Sohrabi, to use a warehouse located on Old Eight Road in Boston Heights to the purpose of making crystal methamphetamine and preparing it for sale, according to the indictment.
The conspirators intended to sell enough methamphetamine to eventually begin to buy and ship large amounts of cocaine into Ohio, according to the indictment.
Dailey and Rogers traveled from Cleveland to Tucson in January 2018, then crossed into Mexico. They met with Cota-Medina on Jan. 12, and Johnson and Cota-Medina talked by phone about drug shipments to Ohio, according to the indictment.
Rogers began sending money to Cota-Medina. Ramos-Nevarez and Treviso-Garcia entered the United States on visitors’ visas in March 2018. Rogers met them in Ohio on March 21 while in regular contact with Cota-Medina and Johnson, according to the indictment.
Terlizzi talked to Rogers on March 22 about ordering a quantity of drugs. They agreed to meet and Rogers went to Terlizzi’s house on West 23rd Street in Cleveland.
On March 23, Rogers picked up Ramos-Nevarez and Treviso-Garcia from the Boston Heights warehouse and drove them to where they were staying in Aurora. The next day, law enforcement did a delayed-notice search at the warehouse and a large amount of methamphetamine as well as tools and paraphernalia used to cook the drug, according to the indictment.
Approximately eight hours later, Sohrabi called Rogers and informed him that it appeared someone broke into the warehouse. Rogers stated: “Somebody gotta die. I don’t give a (expletive) who gotta die. Somebody gotta die,” according to the indictment.
In subsequent calls, Cota-Medina, Rogers and Johnson discussed how they believed Sohrabi stole the drugs. Johnson told Rogers: “The call is made, he’s (Sohrabi) through,” according to the indictment.
Law enforcement eventually seized a total of more than 140 pounds of methamphetamine from the warehouse. It is believed to be the largest seizure of methamphetamine in Ohio history.
Terlizzi was arrested on March 26 and found to have cocaine, heroin and two firearms that he used in relation to drug trafficking. Terlizzi was prohibited from having the Ruger .380mm pistol and Smith & Wesson revolver because of a prior conviction for drug trafficking, according to the indictment.
This case was is an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation led by the Cleveland DEA Task Force, which includes representatives from the Lake County Narcotics Agency, Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, Euclid Police Department, Aurora Police Department, Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Boston Heights Police Department, Cleveland Heights Police Department, Cleveland Division of Police, Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio BCI and U.S. Border Patrol.
It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa T. Darden.
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 violations. 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 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.