AKRON -- Federal officials have indicted 12 people from Akron, Canton and elsewhere who allegedly shipped cocaine into Akron and Canton areas.
At a noon press conference, federal and local law enforcement officials, along with Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic, said the dozen are accused of shipping more than 100 kilos of cocaine into Akron and Canton via a hollowed-out engine blocks from California.
The charges include money laundering and conspiracy to distribute large quantities of cocaine and marijuana.
The alleged conspiracy lasted from mid-2011 through April.
The indictment seeks forfeiture of property seized in the investigation, including $50,000 in cash, a Porsche, a Land Rover and a Kenworth tractor.
The alleged scheme included arranging bank transactions to avoid attracting the attention of law enforcement.
Four Akron men and two brothers from California hid drugs inside engine blocks they shipped across the country as a way to smuggle more than 220 pounds of cocaine into the Akron/Canton area over the past year, law enforcement officials said.
The men were among a dozen people named in a federal indictment charging offenses related to cocaine and marijuana trafficking and related financial crimes.
They include: Dante L. Branch, 46, of Akron; Dale E. Colbert, 49, of Victorville, CA; Darryl A. Colbert, 49, of Victorville, CA; Louis D. Harmon, 42, of Akron; Darin L. Wright, 35, of Akron; Wesley A. Black, Jr., 44, of Akron; Regina L. Skinner, 40, of Canton; Marvin D. Skinner, 42, of Canton; Derrick Watson, 31, of Massillon; Jeremy S. Duncan, 34, of Springfield, MO; Gavin D. Parker, 28, of Akron; and Gerald D. Griffin, 39, of Akron.
The press conference included representatives from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Akron Police Department, Summit County Sheriff's Office and Plusquellic.