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Officials: 17 indicted for drug distribution

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Seventeen people face federal charges for an alleged conspiracy to distribute cocaine, heroin and marijuana in Youngstown, Akron and Columbus.

A federal grand jury handed up a  57-count indictment alleging that Terrance Tarver conspired with the 17 suspects to obtain drugs in Columbus for sale in Youngstown.

The following suspects were listed in the indictment, charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs and using a telephone to facilitate drug trafficking:

  • Benjamin J. Phillips Cheraw: South Carolina 36 (also charged with maintaining a premises for distributing and using controlled substances)

  • Leroy M. Hammonds: Youngstown, Ohio 41

  • Ronald O. Clark Youngstown, Ohio 47

  • Phillip D. Whitman: Youngstown, Ohio 37

  • Gerard B. Balbirsingh: Farrell, Pennsylvania 45

  • Edward Odem, III: Sharon, Pennsylvania 34

  • Darryl C. Pippin: Youngstown, Ohio 43

  • Abdul W. Muhammad, a.k.a Wally: Youngstown, Ohio 41 (also charged with maintaining a premises for distributing and using controlled substances)

  • Clifton T. Hudson: Youngstown, Ohio 40

  • Dwayne A. Oliver: Youngstown, Ohio 42

  • Antjuan A. Adkins: Akron, Ohio 37

  • Edthaniel L. Tarver, a.k.a Lamont: Youngstown, Ohio 37

  • Anthony J. Walker, a.k.a Prem: Tempe, Arizona 36

  • Dontae R. Lackey: Columbus, Ohio 35

  • Quay L. Watkins: Akron, Ohio 35

  • Brandon M. Williams: Youngstown, Ohio 20 (also charged with maintaining a premises for distributing and using controlled substances)

  • Patrick D. McWhorter: Youngstown, Ohio 21 (also charged with maintaining a premises for distributing and using controlled substances)


Tarver is not charged in the current indictment, but was named in a previous indictment filed last April along with 10 other people. He pleaded guilty and is currently awaiting sentencing, according to a release.

The indictments come after a collaborative investigation between the FBI, the Drug Administration and the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force.

 

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