AKRON -- Twenty people have been indicted for their alleged roles in a heroin ring, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Samuel A. Yannucci.
Law enforcement officials included a death specification against 36-year-old Garland V. Phelps Jr. on allegations that heroin he distributed resulted in a fatal overdose on Dec. 25, 2012.
Eighteen Akron residents were charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, while two others, also of Akron, were indicted on related charges.
The indictment describes a conspiracy that took place from 2011 through 2014, in which heroin was brought to Akron from Atlanta, Chicago and other cities. It also details discussions between some conspirators about shooting, robbing and killing rival drug dealers and discussions about killing people they suspected of being informants to law enforcement.
"These defendants profited off people's addictions, and in one case directly contributed to an overdose death," said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. "We will continue to aggressively prosecute heroin dealers while working with medical and treatment professionals in an effort to thwart this epidemic."
Those indicted are:
- Garland V. Phleps Jr., 36, aka "Felix"
- Alonzo B. Sykes, 33
- Willie L. Sanders Jr., 27
- Larry P. Dorsey, 27
- James M. Porter, 24
- Larry L. Sullivan Jr., 42
- Brian A. Proctor, 35
- Cortez L. Davis, 28
- Matt E. Shocklee, 56
- Aaron S. Farrey, 31
- Garland J. Thompson, aka "Chill," 27
- Antonio V. Dorman, 24
- Tramontay D. McWain, 27
- Jermaine D. Freeman, 41
- Antonia D. Easter, 24
- William D. Robinson, 27
- Denay M. Webb, 29
- Michaelas F. King, 35
- Quinntin R. Chatman, 35
- Marcus D. Mitchell, 42
All of the defendants, with the exception of Quinntin R. Chatman and Marcus D. Mitchell, are charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute heroin.
In counts 2-17, various defendants are charged with substantive distributions of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and crack cocaine.
Authorities say Phelps obtained multi-ounce and larger quantities of heroin from various suppliers, including Sykes, Sanders and a person identified only as Conspirator 1.
Phelps, Sykes and Sanders allegedly distributed the heroin to various dealers, including Dorsey, Porter, Sullivan, Proctor, Davis, Shocklee, Thompson, Dorman, McWain, Easter, Robinson and King, according to the indictment.
The investigation was conducted under the U.S. Attorney's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, which is part of a national program that seeks to identify, investigate and prosecute significant drug trafficking enterprises by utilizing multiple investigative and prosecuted resources.