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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 1, 2021

14 charged in narcotics conspiracy involving millions of dollars’ worth of opioids

Law enforcement seeks information about 1 fugitive

CINCINNATI – A federal grand jury has charged 14 individuals in a narcotics conspiracy alleged to have occurred for at least the past four years.

 

Each of the defendants is charged with conspiring to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, a crime punishable by at least 10 years and up to life in prison.

 

According to the indictment unsealed today, the defendants also possessed and distributed heroin and methamphetamine.

 

The co-conspirators were originally charged by criminal complaint on Nov. 15. Thirteen of the defendants have been arrested and will appear in federal court in Cincinnati. Sterling Parish is a fugitive with an outstanding arrest warrant. Any tips or information on the location of Sterling Parish should be sent to FBI Cincinnati at 513-421-4310.

 

An affidavit filed in support of a criminal complaint details that Steffen Roberson, also known as “Worm,” was running one of the largest heroin/fentanyl drug trafficking organizations in the greater Cincinnati area. The drug trafficking organization is also alleged to have distributed narcotics in Akron, Ohio, Fairfield, Ohio, and Gary, Indiana, as well.

 

The group was allegedly known to obtain drugs from multiple sources of supply, including in Atlanta and Baltimore. Roberson would allegedly purchase distributable amounts of opioids for hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash.

 

It is alleged that Roberson’s brother, Anthony Roberson, also known as the “Chemist,” manufactured heroin and fentanyl mixtures for the drug trafficking organization by cutting the narcotics with fillers and looking for ways to make the drug mixtures more potent.

 

More than 30 state and federal search warrants have been executed since 2018 on co-conspirators’ residences where large quantities of fentanyl and loaded firearms have been routinely recovered.

 

In total, law enforcement has seized approximately $150,000 in cash, 10 kilograms of fentanyl, multiple vehicles and 28 firearms related to the investigation.

 

Those charged include:

Name

Also Known As

Age

City of Residence

Steffen Roberson

Worm

40

Cincinnati

Anthony Roberson

Don, Chemist

44

Cincinnati

Devon Price

DV

36

Atlanta

Quinton Jennings

Smoke

39

Cincinnati

David Hamler

Chewy

31

Maineville, Ohio

Gregory Donaldson, Jr.

Gotti

32

Cincinnati

Donald Fairbanks III

Don Don

33

Middletown, Ohio

Roderick Smith

Pink

46

Cincinnati

Rashawn Zanders

Rayzo

35

Cincinnati

Sterling Parish

Sterl

36

Cincinnati

Jerome Newton, Jr.

Kodak, Boo

29

Cincinnati

Jimmy Daniel III

Neutron

32

Cincinnati

Alton Beacher

Yog

42

Cincinnati

Juan Marcano

 

47

New York City

 

Kenneth L. Parker, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and J. William Rivers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division, and Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot K. Isaac announced the charges. They commended the cooperative investigation in this case with the Hamilton County Regional Enforcement Narcotics Unit (RENU), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), the Drug Abuse and Reduction Task Force (DART), Middletown Police Department, Warren County Drug Task Force (WCDTF), Butler County Undercover Regional Narcotics Unit (BURN), Hamilton County Probation Office, and other federal and state law enforcement agencies.

 

Assistant United States Attorneys Ashley N. Brucato and Dominick S. Gerace are representing the United States in this case.

 

An indictment is merely an allegation, and defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Updated December 1, 2021