CLEVELAND -- South Euclid, Cleveland Heights, and Lyndhurst men are among the 12 people indicted for flying cocaine by chartered private planes from Texas to Cleveland.
Federal officials say that, in total, 12 people have been indicted in a drug trafficking conspiracy.
The alleged conspiracy, which also included shipments of cocaine to Cleveland from Atlanta and a suburb of Chicago, included nearly 20 flights between August, 2009 and March, 2012, according to the indictment.
At least 24 kilograms of cocaine and $157,500 in cash were seized as part of the investigation.
The cocaine obtained from these multiple locations was then distributed through a network of dealers in the Cleveland area to lower-level dealers and users, according to the indictment.
Those indicted and their "street names'" are:
Johnny S. Phillips, aka "Nasty" or "Reef," 39, of South Euclid; Errick Phillips, aka "E" or "Ike," 41, of Lyndhurst; William Mangum, Jr., aka "Billy" or "Steel Bill," 43, of Cleveland; Nora Flores, 41, of Laredo, Texas; Virginia Perez, 35, of Laredo, Texas; Rachele Lynn Munoz, 32, of Laredo, Texas; Richard A. Born, 58, of Cleveland, Ohio;
Lamark Robinson, aka "Squirrel," or "S.Q.," 30, of Cleveland; Mark Anderson, aka "Floyd," 38, of Cleveland Heights; Robert Oldorff, 52, of Cleveland; John H. McDonald, 52, of Cleveland; and Sharon Manchook, 51, of Cleveland.
"This group is accused of using private airplanes to bring piles of cocaine into Cleveland," said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
"This case is a great example of law enforcement working together to choke off the supply of drugs that hit our streets."
DEA Special Agent in Charge Robert Corso said: "The investigation has successfully taken down a major cocaine trafficking organization operating in Northern Ohio.
In addition to the conspiracy charge, defendants William Mangum, Jr., Virginia Perez, Rachele Lynn Munoz, Nora Flores, Errick Phillips, and Johnny S. Phillips are also charged with interstate travel in aid of a racketeering enterprise for trips they took between Ohio and other states such as Texas, Illinois, and Georgia as part of the drug trafficking enterprise.
Johnny S. Phillips, Richard A. Born, and Sharon Manchook are also charged with distributing cocaine on two occasions, while Errick Phillips and Mark Anderson are charged with possession with intent to distribute amounts of cocaine on two other occasions.
The indictment describes a conspiracy in which large amounts of cocaine were flown in multiple trips to Cleveland from Laredo, Texas using private chartered airplanes.
The cocaine was delivered to Johnny S. Phillips and Errick Phillips. The proceeds from the cocaine were then flown back to the suppliers in Laredo, Texas, according to the indictment.
Approximately 13 kilograms of cocaine were seized in February 2010 at the airport in Laredo, Texas, that was scheduled to be delivered to Cleveland. Cocaine was also obtained from suppliers in Illinois.
In August 2010, approximately seven kilograms of cocaine that were supposed to be delivered from Illinois to Cleveland were seized in Michigan from two couriers.
In January 2011, approximately four kilograms of cocaine were seized from Errick Phillips as he was traveling back from Illinois to Cleveland.
Investigators also seized over $157,500 in drug proceeds from a courier in December 2010, who was believed to be traveling from Cleveland to Texas, according to the indictment.
The case was investigated through the combined efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Marshal's Service, Ohio Highway Patrol, Erie County Prosecutor's Office, Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office, Lake County Narcotics Agency, Cleveland Police Department, Cleveland Heights Police Department, Euclid Police Department, Lyndhurst Police Department, North Royalton Police Department, South Euclid Police Department, and Westlake Police Department.