New defendant pleads guilty in conspiracy involving $44 million in drug proceeds laundered to Mexico through local cell phone store fronts
Kevin Darnell Byrd, Jr., 38, of Dayton, and David Minor, 36, of Englewood, are charged in a narcotics conspiracy that is punishable by at least 10 years and up to life in prison and possessing firearms in furtherance of the drug conspiracy, which is punishable by at least five years and up to life in prison.
According to the 15-count indictment, Minor was using his home on Southview Drive in Englewood as a drug premises and Byrd was using a business on Webster Street in Dayton as a drug premises. The defendants allegedly conspired to distribute and possessed with the intent to distribute bulk amounts of methamphetamine and fentanyl.
On Sept. 14, the FBI Southern Ohio Safe Streets Task Force and the Regional Agencies Narcotics and Gun Enforcement Task Force conducted a buy-bust operation and purchased a pound of methamphetamine from Minor. Task force members attempted to initiate a traffic stop of Minor following the narcotics sale and Minor allegedly fled in his Chevrolet Impala and then attempted to flee on foot before ultimately being apprehended.
A search warrant of Minor’s residence on Southview Drive in Englewood revealed four firearms and bulk amounts of cash, along with methamphetamine, fentanyl and synthetic opioids in a vehicle at the property.
Agents and officers executed a related search warrant at a business on Webster Street in Dayton and discovered more than five kilograms of methamphetamine, approximately one kilogram of fentanyl, a loaded handgun and bulk amounts of cash.
Minor and Byrd are both prohibited from possessing firearms due to prior felony convictions.
Kenneth L. Parker, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; J. William Rivers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Cincinnati Division; and Montgomery County Sheriff Rob Streck announced the indictment returned on Sept. 26. Assistant United States Attorney Ryan A. Saunders is representing the United States in this case.
This prosecution is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, and gangs that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.
An indictment merely contains allegations, and defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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