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.

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About the Mahoning Valley Task Force Collaborative (www.ValleyTaskForce.com)
ValleyTaskForce.com is a collaborative effort between the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF), a FBI Safe Streets & Gang Unit Initiative; the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force (LETF), a HIDTA initiative; the FBI Crimes Against Children (CAC); and the Mahoning Valley Crisis Response Team (CRT), a multi-jurisdiction SWAT team. The group's overall goal is to disrupt and dismantle criminal street gangs, degrade drug trafficking organizations, and remove dangerous predators from our community through intelligence-driven investigations and new initiatives and partnerships.

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