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19 people indicted for trafficking drugs in Marion

Story By: Brigitte Coles

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 2/20/2014

Nineteen people have been indicted in federal court for their roles in a conspiracy to traffic large amounts of crack cocaine, heroin and presciption pills in Marion.

Federal, state and local officials on Wednesday outlined the 72 count indictment which details a two-year conspiracy in which heroin, Percocet, Ritalin, Xanax and Vicodin were brought from Detroit and Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Marion where the drugs were sold to dozens of people including juveniles.

Indicted are: Allen Graves, 46, of Detroit; Martez Montgomery, 22, of Detroit; Terrance Lombard, 39, of Eastpoint, Mich.; Edward Hearn, 40, of Detroit; Darryl McFadden, 53, of Detroit; Jeronne White, 33, of Marion; Christopher Prince, 20, of Detroit; Danni Childers, 21, of Marion; DeCarlos Bates21, of Hamtramck, Mich.; DeVonta Adams21, of Detroit; Jason Graves, 22, of Detroit; Marniece Love, 22, of Hazel Park, Mich.; Brittany Payne, 19, of Marion; Marcus Benson, 34, of Harper Woods, Mich.; Greg Burkett, 56, of Marion; Darrell Jacobs, 38, of Caledonia, Ohio; Danielle Sullivan, 23, of Marion; Steven Lester, 48, of Marion, and Abbee Heine, 20, of Marion.

Steven M. Dettlebach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern Ohio District said the arrests were due to a joint law-enforcement effort.

“Our state has been flooded with heroin and diverted prescription pills, which have been accompanied by a wave of death and addiction,” Dettelbach said. “These arrests represent a joint law-enforcement effort to choke off the supply of drugs to our region.”

Montgomery and Graves obtained heroin, crack cocaine and prescription drugs from Lombard, Hearn, Benson, McFadden and other suppliers in Detroit and Fort Wayne. They also recruited friends and family members in Detroit to travel to Marion to distribute the drugs, according to the indictment.

Montgomery and Graves, with the assistance of Heine, rented homes in Heine’s name at 438 1/2 North Prospect Street and 323 Mound Street, in Marion, for the purpose of distributing heroin, crack cocaine and prescription drugs. Childers also rented the house at 238 Park Boulevard in Marion for the purpose of distributing the drugs, according to the indictment.

Lester, as part of the conspiracy, allowed Graves and Montgomery to register vehicles in his name to avoid suspicion of law enforcement. Lester also routinely drove Graves from Marion to Detroit and back to transport drugs and drug proceeds, according to the indictment.

Prince, White, Bates, Adams, Love, Jason Graves, a juvenile and others also shared a “community telephone” which they all used to communicate with drug customers and suppliers, according to the indictment. Prince, White, Bates, Adams, Love, Jason Graves, Lester, a juvenile and others shared and used residences rented by Allen Graves, Montgomery, Heine and Childers for the purpose of storing and distributing heroin, crack cocaine and prescription drugs, according to the indictment.

The indictment goes on to detail scores of transactions, phone calls and other actions related to their sale and distribution of drugs.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Cleveland, Detroit and Indianapolis Field Offices, the MARMET Drug Task Force (comprised of members of the Marion Police Department, and Marion County Sheriff’s Office), the METRICH Drug Task Force, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Joseph M. Pinjuh and Alissa Sterling.

   
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