Dozens in Toledo facing federal drug trafficking charges
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:33:16 GMT —
TOLEDO -- Authorities say a conspiracy to bring large amount of heroin, cocaine and marijuana has led to federal drug trafficking charges against 26 people in Toledo.
Representatives from Toledo Police, the Lucas County Sheriff's Office, and the FBI detailed the 55-count federal indictment, for trafficking heroin and other drugs, at a press conference Thursday afternoon.
Those indicted include Alejandro Garcia, 44; Regina Navarro, 36; Osvaldo Perez, 60; Sean Machaterre, 31; Dicki Isom, 33; Federico Perez, 25; Daryl Mickles, Jr., 31; Keith Hubbell, 30; David Berrera, Jr., 40; Santos Flores, 34, of Oregon, Ohio; Juan Montano, 35; Daniel Montano, 26; Yousvani Gacita, 34; Davi Mata, 32; Willie Edward Smith, 38; Juan Rivera, 34; Paulo Gonzalez, 27; Abdul Shabazz, 39; Davalon Brown, 28; James Munoz, 37; Victoria Santellana, 31; Daniel Barboza, 38; Anthony Rudess, 42, of Curtice, Ohio; Eric Mays-Clausen, 41; Randolph Kemp, 53, and Jacqueline Jaquez, 40.
"Heroin abuse is an epidemic in our community that takes lives and destroys families," U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Steven M. Dettelbach said. "We will continue to target drug traffickers while also working to reduce demand and get treatment for those who need it."
The 26 men and women are said to have brought the drugs to Toledo from Arizona, California, Illinois, and Mexico, according to officials. The drugs were obtained by Garcia, brought to Toledo, and then distributed to mid-level dealers in the Toledo-area. Those dealers then distributed the drugs to other dealers through transactions that took place at locations including Ravine Park Village, Graham Street, Berry Street, North Ontario Street, Bronson Street, Sylvania Avenue, Westfield Park Mall, Main Street, Starr Avenue, Heatherdowns Road and other locations. VIEW MAP
"This is another example of the international drug trafficking connections that are plaguing our communities with danger and heroin," said Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Cleveland office. "The FBI will continue collaborative law enforcement efforts to combat these violent organizations."
Garcia, Kemp, and Isom face additional charges of being felons in possession of firearms.
"Through the working relationship that has been developed between the Toledo Police Metro Drug Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation we have become more efficient in targeting the mid- and upper-level heroin dealers in Toledo and surrounding communities," said Toledo Police Chief William Moton. "These arrests are a byproduct of this successful collaboration. The City of Toledo and surrounding areas are the benefactors of these efforts as the spread of heroin has the potential to deteriorate the standard of living in our community."