17 people indicted for drug scheme in Youngstown, Akron, Columbus

AKRON, Ohio - A grand jury returned a 57-count indictment charging 17 people for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute and sell cocaine, heroin, and marijuana.

According to the indictment, Terrence Tarver obtained marijuana and cocaine from in Columbus for distribution in Youngstown, Columbus and Akron. Tarver is also accused of selling heroin in Youngstown and Akron.

Tarver was one of 10 people named in a federal indictment filed in April 2012. He has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

The latest indictment includes people who obtained drugs from Tarver and then sold them throughout northeast Ohio.

Count one charges all 17 people with conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine, heroine and marijuana:

-Benjamin J. Phillips, South Carolina, 36

-Leroy M. Hammonds, Youngstown, Ohio, 41

-Ronald O. Clark, Youngstown, Ohio, 47

-Phillip D. Whitman, Youngstown, Ohio, 37

-Gerard B. Balbirsingh, Farrell, Pennsylvania, 45

-Edward Odem, III, Sharon, Pennsylvania, 34

-Darryl C. Pippin, Youngstown, Ohio, 43

-Abdul W. Muhammad,  Youngstown, Ohio, 41

-Clifton T. Hudson, Youngstown, Ohio, 40

-Dwayne A. Oliver, Youngstown, Ohio, 42

-Antjuan A. Adkins, Akron, Ohio, 37

-Edthaniel L. Tarver,  Youngstown, Ohio, 37

-Anthony J. Walker,  Tempe, Arizona, 36

-Dontae R. Lackey, Columbus, Ohio, 35

-Quay L. Watkins, Akron, Ohio, 35

-Brandon M. Williams, Youngstown, Ohio, 20

-Patrick D. McWhorter, Youngstown, Ohio, 21

According to Steven Anthony, a special agent in charge of the FBI's Cleveland office, the 17 people who have been charged are only one level of the entire scheme.

"The individuals arrested this morning represent the second tier of this cocaine, heroin, and marijuana trafficking organization," Anthony said. "As evidenced by this continuing investigation, the FBI will work with our law enforcement partners to target and eliminate the most significant threats to our communities."

The investigation was conducted under The U.S. Attorney's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force which seeks to identify, investigate and prosecute significant drug trafficking enterprises.

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