ASHTABULA, Ohio - Authorities have broken up an alleged heroin trafficking ring in the northeast corner of Ohio and say one user died of an overdose.
A 42-count indictment unsealed in Cleveland federal court Monday says the suspects plotted to sell heroin in and around Ashtabula from March to mid-August of last year.
Those indicted include:
Rayshawn Reed, aka "Ray," aka "Racey," 37, from Ashtabula
Sherord Miller, aka "Rod," 30, from Ashtabula
Jamarce Miller, aka "Jamie," 36, from Ashtabula
Amanda Loving, 30, from Geneva
Isaac Hawkins , 24 (unknown where from)
Louis Snyder, 48, from Ashtabula
James Robinson, aka "Marell Holley," 37, from Ashtabula
Tricia Lewis, 35, from Ashtabula
Joey Schmeisser, 30 (unknown where from)
Kevin Fridrich, 28, from Geneva
Reginald Bryant, aka "Reg," 39, from Euclid
Shaunci Osborne, 20, from Ashtabula
Laketha Harris, aka "Jay," 35, from Ashtabula
Authorities say a young mother who was one of the customers of the alleged ring died of an overdose July 7. The death doubles the possible penalty for one of the defendants from 10 years to life in prison to 20 years to life.
The government will seek forfeiture of seized items, including more than $300,000 in cash, a pistol and five vehicles, including a BMW and two Cadillacs.
No attorneys are listed for the defendants in court records.