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Fourteen Charged for Roles in Youngstown Area Drug Trafficking Organization

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN – First Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle M. Baeppler announced that fourteen individuals were charged today in a forty-six-count indictment with operating a drug trafficking organization that allegedly distributed crack cocaine, cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and fentanyl analogues throughout the Youngstown area.  

Eleven of the fourteen individuals named in the indictment were arrested today by federal, state and local law enforcement authorities.

Named in the indictment are Terrence Chauncy May, 46, of Youngstown, Ohio; Thomas May Jr, 42, of Youngstown, Ohio; Terri Chauncy May, 22, of Youngstown, Ohio; Terris Chailyn May, 20, of Youngstown, Ohio; Key-Shaun Davis, 21, of Youngstown, Ohio; Hope Butler, 22, of Youngstown, Ohio; Wesley Allen Pierce May, 23, of Youngstown, Ohio; Christina May, 38, of Youngstown, Ohio; Ronald Falkowski, 51, of Berlin Center, Ohio; Carlo Demain, 28, of Struthers Ohio; Jason Stiner, 38, of Canfield, Ohio; Nyasia Iris Lopez, 27, of Struthers, Ohio; Shanika Simmons, 38, Youngstown, Ohio and Allison Grossen, 35, Youngstown, Ohio.

Each defendant is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and fentanyl analogues.  In addition, the indictment charges various members of the drug trafficking organization with using a communication facility in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, distribution of cocaine base (crack), distribution of fentanyl analogue and fentanyl, distribution of heroin and fentanyl, distribution of fentanyl and distribution of tramadol and fentanyl.  Defendant Thomas May, Jr is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to the indictment, from February 2020 to January 2022, it is alleged that Defendant Terrence Chauncy May obtained large quantities of cocaine, crack cocaine and narcotics, which he then supplied to other members of the drug trafficking organization to be further distributed in the Youngstown area.

In addition, the indictment alleges that Defendants Terrence Chauncy May, Hope Butler, Terris Chailyn May and Key-Shaun Davis maintained multiple premises in Youngstown for the purposes of distributing and storing drugs.

The conspirators are also accused of using cell phones and coded language to obscure and disguise their drug trafficking activity.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  The 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 defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after a review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offenses and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum; in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

This case was investigated by the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force in a joint investigation with Mahoning County Sheriff's Office, Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force, Youngstown Police Department, Boardman Police Department, Campbell Police Department, Austintown Police Department and the Mahoning County Juvenile Court.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason M. Katz.



Daniel Ball 

Updated February 26, 2024

Drug Trafficking