Fifteen People Indicted for Drug Trafficking in Campbell, Youngstown

seal_sm1The FBI Violent Crimes Task Force (FBI-VCTF) announced the indictment and arrests of fifteen (15) people accused of selling drugs in the Kirwin Homes neighborhood, a Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority property in Campbell, Ohio and in neighboring areas of Youngstown, Ohio. The indictments follow a drug trafficking investigation led by the FBI VCTF with assistance from the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office.  Charges included trafficking in heroin, trafficking in crack cocaine, trafficking in firearms, conspiracy, and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

On Wednesday, August 12th, beginning at about 0700 HRS, FBI SWAT (FBI-SWAT), Mahoning Valley Crisis Response Team (MC-CRT), MV Law Enforcement Task Force (LETF), US Marshall Service Violent Fugitive Task Force (USMS-VTF), and Ohio State Highway Patrol SWAT (OSHP-SWAT), assisted the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force (FBI-VCTF) by serving arrest warrants on fifteen (15) persons in Campbell and Youngstown, Ohio.

Youngstown Police Chief Robin Lees stressed that this is another example of area law enforcement working together to identify and remove criminal organizations who impact the safety of our community. “These cases are made possible by the close working relationships we have here in the Youngstown area between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies,” said Lees. “The Youngstown Police Department will continue these partnerships to impact crime with a focus on the drug trade and violent crime in our community.”

This case was initiated in 2013 by the FBI VCTF, a task force that is comprised of local law enforcement officers from the FBI, Mahoning County Sheriffs Office, Youngstown Police Department, Boardman Police Department, the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center (probation), and other area law enforcement.

The lead investigator on the case, Detective Sergeant Dave Smith, was detailed to the task force from the Campbell Police Department. Sgt Smith was assigned to the FBI Violent Crime Task Force by Chief Drew Rauzan in 2013 and is the first full time officer from the city to serve on the Task Force.

Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Todd Werth of the Youngstown Resident Agency of the FBI pointed out that this investigation is one of many ongoing law enforcement actions targeting the distribution of illegal drugs in our community. “Targeting and dismantling these criminal groups through long-term investigations is an important part of our community’s law enforcement efforts,” said Werth. “These long-term cases complement the daily work of our area police officers and deputies and prove successful when prosecutors are equally invested in the investigations.”

Assistant Mahoning County Prosecutor Martin Desmond, who is assigned to the Valley Task Force collaborative by Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains, will prosecute this group in Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas.

Those arrested were:

  1. Lamont Austin, 30
  2. William Howard Brown III, 23
  3. Samuel Buxton, 24
  4. Carlton Council
  5. Briawna Renee Gray, 23
  6. Rakeem Gray, 24
  7. Louis Jones, 24
  8. Alexis Myers, 25
  9. Malcolm Myers, 24
  10. Justin Patterson, 24
  11. Kewuan Patterson, 23
  12. Darius Smith, 28
  13. Jose Torres, 34
  14. Monique White

One person remains a fugitive.

Thirty-Seven Indicted in Connection with Mahoning County Drug Trafficking Organization

LETF_LOGO(YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio) — The Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force announced that a 261-count indictment has been filed against 37 individuals accused in connection with a drug trafficking organization operating in Mahoning County.

The indictments follow a heroin trafficking investigation led by the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force’s Drug Unit with assistance from Attorney General DeWine’s Heroin Unit.

Prosecutors with Attorney General DeWine’s Special Prosecutions Section, acting as special assistants to the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office, presented the case to a Mahoning County grand jury last Thursday, and members of the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force’s Drug Unit served arrest warrants in connection with the case today.

“The primary goal of large-scale investigations like this is to go after the main drug traffickers who are profiting from addition, to dismantle their drug operations, and to hold them accountable,” said Attorney General DeWine.  “Heroin is taking lives and tearing families apart all across Ohio, and state, local, and federal authorities will continue to work together to bring these trafficking organizations down.”

Among the 37 suspects indicted, Terrence Rushton, 32, of Youngstown, who is believed to be the ringleader of the group, was charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, trafficking in heroin, complicity to trafficking in heroin, aggravated trafficking in drugs, trafficking in cocaine, money laundering, and having weapons while under disability.  Rushton was arrested on the charges this morning.

An additional 12 individuals identified as the main and mid-level operators of the organization were also charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and multiple other drug-related charges.

  • Michael Cain, 37, Youngstown
  • Raymond Wright, 36, Youngstown
  • Keith Johnson, 26, Youngstown
  • Hiawatha Johnson, 28, Youngstown
  • Ashanti Bunch, 39, Youngstown
  • Charles Frohman, 31, Girard
  • Trevon Howell, 25, Youngstown
  • Brandon Williams, 24, Youngstown
  • Shenika Rushton, 33, Youngstown
  • Randy Cox, 34, Austintown
  • Heidi Smith, 31, Mineral Ridge
  • James Vespasian, 33, Struthers

A list of additional defendants indicted in connection with the case, as well as a copy of the indictment, can be found on the Attorney General’s website.

“Today’s arrests are the result of a lengthy investigation, which used a multitude of conventional investigative techniques that consisted of seven-day work weeks, often 24 hours a day,” said Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force Detective Greg Wilson.  “This investigation would not have been possible without the support of our member agencies’ trustees, councilmen, councilwomen, and chiefs of police who have supported the task force and its vision.  Also, our support staff have played an integral role in the task force’s success, and of course, we thank our families who sacrifice their personal time with us as we investigate these complex cases, all in a cooperative effort to make Mahoning County a safer place to live.”

Additional charges listed in the 261-count indictment include possession of heroin, aggravated possession of drugs, possession of cocaine, felonious assault, receiving stolen property, improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle, and possession of marijuana.  A major drug offender specification was also filed against 15 of the defendants.

Multiple forfeiture specifications for property alleged to have been obtained through the commission of illegal felony drug abuse activity were also filed for items such as guns, ammunition, body armor, stun guns, and multiple vehicles.

The Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force is made up of authorities from the Austintown Township Police Department, Canfield Township Police Department, Poland Township Police Department, Adult Parole Authority, Beaver Township Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Liberty Township Police Department, Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office, Springfield Township Police Department, Struthers Police Department, Youngstown Police Department, and Youngstown State University Police Department.

Authorities working as part of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking (HIDTA) Program also assisated with the investigation, and those with the U.S. Marshals Service assisted task force members in serving today’s arrest warrants.

REWARD: FBI MOST WANTED WILLIAM BRADFORD BISHOP, JR. ENHANCED IMAGE RELEASED

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FBI Enhanced Bust

The FBI has released images of a three-dimensional, age-enhanced bust of what William Bradford Bishop, Jr. may look like now, at the age of 79. A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered in the case.

William Bradford Bishop, Jr. is wanted for allegedly bludgeoning to death his wife (age 37), mother (age 68), and three sons (ages 5, 10 and 14) in Bethesda, Maryland, on March 1, 1976. He then allegedly transported their bodies to Columbia, North Carolina, where he buried the bodies in a shallow grave and lit them on fire.

Bishop was, and may still be, an avid outdoorsman, camper, and hiker. He had extensive camping experience in Africa. He also enjoyed canoeing, fishing, swimming, jogging, tennis, skiing and riding motorcycles. Bishop enjoyed working out several times a week. He was also a licensed amateur pilot who learned to fly in Botswana, Africa.

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FBI Most Wanted Poster

Bishop has an American Studies degree from Yale University and a Master’s Degree in Italian from Middlebury College in Vermont. He was known to read extensively and may have kept a diary or journal. A longtime insomniac, Bishop reportedly had been under psychiatric care in the past and had used medication for depression. He drank scotch and wine and enjoyed eating peanuts and spicy food.

Bishop was described as intense and self-absorbed, prone to violent outbursts, and preferred a neat and orderly environment.

Please send tips or information to https://tips.fbi.gov.

UPDATE: Tip Information Leads to Identification of Bank Robber

UPDATE: Citizen tip information helped investigators identify RANDY JAMISON as the man who law enforcement believe robbed the Huntington Bank at 23 West Federal Street in Youngstown May 29th.

JAMISON was arrested today by officers from the Liberty, Ohio Police Department.

An arrest, complaint, or Indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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