Heroin trafficking ring busted by Southern Ohio Drug Task Force
PORTSMOUTH, OH -
More than 20 men and women are facing felony drug charges after officers busted a heroin ring following an 18-month investigation in Scioto County, Ohio.
Officers with the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force announced Monday afternoon that a heroin trafficking ring, having ties to both Columbus and Portsmouth, has been dismantled.
Captain Lynn Brewer with the Portsmouth Police Department says the investigation took approximately 18 months and netted 22 arrests. The investigation began in February 2013. Once the information was presented to a Scioto County Grand Jury, it resulted in the indictments of the men and women. The men and women are suspected gang members of the 22nd St/"Duece Duece" Bloods from Columbus as well as Portsmouth residents.
The following people were indicted:
Andre J. Gilliam, 28, of Columbus
Orlando Smith, 28, of Columbus
Keluan J. Skinner-Byrd, 19, of Columbus
Verita S. Williams, 29, of Columbus
Brittanee M. Baker, 23, of Columbus
Darrin "Bert" Thompson, 43, of Portsmouth
William L. Armbrister, 66, of Portsmouth
James D. Young, Sr., 52, of Portsmouth
Carrie M. Young, 48, of Portsmouth
Patricia D. Charles, 42, of Portsmouth
Stephanie S. Nuckols, 34, of Portmouth
Robert Bo Clemens, 58, of Portsmouth
Thomas Smith, 26, of Columbus
Ronald E. Fields, 21, of Columbus
Courtney L. Anderson, 26, of Columbus
Jason J. Turner, 26, of Columbus
Troy A. Hines, 31, of Columbus
Charles E. Saddler, 32, of Portsmouth
Teresa G. Mosley, 43, of Portsmouth
Anyone having information on the whereabouts of Kelvin L. Hayden, 31, of Columbus, John W. Kullum II, 33, of Pickerington, James D. Young, Jr., 29, of Portsmouth please contact the task force tip line at (740) 354-5656 Portsmouth Police Department at (740) 353-4101, the Scioto County Sheriff's Office at (740) 354-7566, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
All 22 men and women are indicted on multiple counts of felony drug offenses. Some of those offenses are: engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, trafficking in approximately 2.7 kilograms of heroin and conspiracy to trafficking heroin.
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