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Feds arrest 21 drug trafficking suspects in Ohio

August 11, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds arrest 21 drug trafficking suspects in Ohio

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Feds arrest 21 drug trafficking suspect in Ohio.

Federal agents and local authorities in Ohio arrested 21 suspects as part of a two-year probe into drug trafficking.

Justice Department prosecutors said the 21 co-conspirators were indicted for their roles in heroin and drug trafficking operation in Youngstown and Ravenna, Ohio.

The investigation was launched after police began receiving complaints.

“What you had were groups of folks who were bringing heroin from Michigan and then selling it to those who work for them, using a drug house in Youngstown,” Attorney Mike Tobin said.

On Wednesday, DEA investigators, FBI agents, and local members of the Drug Task Force began arresting suspects at approximately 7 a.m., WKBN reported.

“This is an example of combining local police and their intelligence with the FBI and DEA, who have the technology and experience to make connections,” Tobin added.

Over a dozen suspects are in custody, and three were already behind bars on separate charges.

Three suspects identified as Qeevys Clinkscale, Shajehan Haywood, and Terrell Leonard remained at-large as of Thursday afternoon.

“More than 20 people who bring heroin to our neighborhoods were taken off the street,” said David A. Sierleja, Acting U.S. Attorney. “Ohio has been devastated by heroin and opioids. This is an example of law enforcement working to lock up people supplying the drugs.”

Prosecutors added that some of those charged could be facing up to 30 years behind bars if found guilty.

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