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

Friday, March 9, 2018

Six Area Men Charged with Distributing Heroin

CINCINNATI – A federal grand jury has charged six Cincinnati men in a narcotics conspiracy in an indictment unsealed here today.


Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Timothy J. Plancon, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot K. Isaac and Cincinnati City Solicitor Paula Boggs Muething announced the charges.


According to the 20-count indictment, beginning in November 2017 until February 2018, the defendants conspired to distribute heroin in the Cincinnati area. The indictment charges 17 counts of distribution or attempt to distribute heroin, representing separate drug deals throughout the timeframe.


Those charged include Calvin Tuck (also known as “Tank”), Mekil Gibson, Pierre Sneed (also known as “Rico”), Cortez Tuck (also known as “Nitty”), Daniel Williams (also known as “C.J.”) and Jarod Whitehead (also known as “Baby”). All six men reside in Cincinnati.


Tuck is also charged with possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony crime and one count of possession with intent to distribute. He faces a range of 5 to 40 years in prison for the drug charges and up to 10 years in prison for the gun charge.


Narcotics conspiracy and distributing or attempting to distribute a controlled substance are each federal crimes that carry a potential maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison.


Each of the defendants is currently in custody pending detention hearings next week.


U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by the DEA and Cincinnati Division of Police, as well as Special Assistant United States Attorney Ashley Brucato with the City Solicitor’s Office and Assistant United States Attorney Christy L. Muncy, who are prosecuting the case.


An indictment merely contains allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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Updated March 9, 2018