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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Twenty-two additional people indicted for conspiracy to traffic large amounts of heroin, cocaine and fentanyl in Toledo area

An additional 22 people, most from Toledo, were indicted for their roles in a conspiracy to traffic large amounts of heroin, cocaine and fentanyl in Northwest Ohio.

The 22 people indicted are charged in a superseding indictment unsealed today in U.S. District Court in Toledo. Nine people were previously indicted in May.

Named in the 82-count indictment are: Pedro Negrin, 60, Santino Montoya, 26, Aurelio Seoane-Armada, 60, Jamel Gaines, 31, Corey Goings, 48, Nathaniel Houle, Jr., 23, Korey Parker, 29, Esteban Camejo, 29, Matthew Dale, 30, Kevin Downer, Jr., 23, Emilio Garcia, 25, Roberto Gomez, 26, Jason Hill, 25, Stephon Holcomb, 35, Roy Jackson, Jr., 25, Kelley Lee, 47, Lynna Lopez, 32, Vicente Lopez, Jr., 29, Odell McGee, 35, Anthony McRae, Jr., 24, Todd Miller, 47, Jameer Pratt, 24, Monica Patrick, 28, and Tim Wyse, 56, all of Toledo; Francisco Cabrera-Hernandez, 35, of Casa Grande, Arizona; Luis Perez-Rodriguez, 32, of Phoenix; Keimond Brown, 37, of Maricopa, Arizona; Brittany Loya, 23, of Perrysburg, Ohio; Tony Nichols, 48, of Northwood, Ohio; Jennifer Thomas, 53, of Laveen, Arizona, and Shane Ybarra, Sr., 35, of Walbridge, Ohio.

All 31 defendants are charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute at least one kilogram of heroin, five kilograms of cocaine, 280 grams of crack cocaine and 400 grams of fentanyl.

Additional charges include being a felon in possession of a firearm, maintaining drug-involved premises, interstate travel and transportation in aid of racketeering enterprises, making false statements and use of a communications facility to facilitate a drug conspiracy.

According to the indictment:

Negrin allegedly obtained heroin, cocaine and fentanyl from various suppliers, including Hernandez and Rodriguez, in Mexico, Arizona, Florida and Michigan. Hernandez used motor vehicles with special secret “trap” compartments to transport the drugs from Arizona to Ohio.

Negrin then allegedly distributed the drugs to numerous other suppliers, including Montaya, Gaines, Camejo, Holcomb, Lee, Wyse and Ybarra. Those suppliers, in turn, distributed the narcotics to other drug dealers.

Members of the conspiracy used several different residences in the Toledo area to store, package and distribute the narcotics and subsequent cash.

Prosecutors are seeking to forfeit more than $400,000 in cash and several firearms seized as part of the investigation.

U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said: “This group brought deadly fentanyl, heroin and cocaine to Toledo from Mexico and other states. Not surprisingly, firearms and large amounts of cash were seized as part of this investigation. We will use every tool available to us to prosecute those who import and sell the drugs killing our neighbors, and who illegally have firearms as part of their operation.”

“A multi-year, multi-agency investigation has resulted in the seizure of hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, numerous weapons and large loads of dangerous, illegal drugs,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric Smith. “This collaborative law enforcement effort has dismantled a large-scale drug trafficking organization that has brought danger to our community for years. These individuals will now face the justice system and be held accountable for their numerous crimes. Thanks to the community and our law enforcement partners -- a job well done.”

“Today’s operation is the culmination of a multi-year organized crime drug trafficking investigation by local, state, and federal law enforcement partners” said Toledo Police George Kral. “I am proud of all the detectives, deputies, and special agents involved in this investigation – especially members of the Toledo Metro Drug Task Force. It is because of their work the Negrin drug trafficking organization has been effectively dismantled.”

If convicted, the defendants’ sentences will be determined by the Court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including the defendants’ prior criminal record, if any, the defendants’ 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation and Toledo Metro Drug Task Force investigated the case. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alissa M. Sterling and Matthew D. Simko.           

A superseding indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Firearms Offenses
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Contact: 
Mike Tobin (216) 622-3651; Michael.Tobin@usdoj.gov
Updated October 24, 2019