Investigators rounding up 21 Youngstown drug trafficking suspects

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Federal agents and local officers are rounding up suspects as part of a two-year investigation into drug trafficking.

As of Wednesday afternoon, just four suspects remained at large — Qeevys Clinkscale, Shajehan Haywood, Cornell Kennedy and Terrell Leonard. If you have any information on their whereabouts, call the Youngstown FBI Violent Crimes Task Force Tipline 330-333-1847.

In all, 21 people were indicted for what the U.S. Attorney’s Office called their roles in heroin and drug trafficking in Youngstown and Ravenna. The investigation began after authorities started getting complaints.

“What you had were groups of folks who were bringing heroin from Michigan into the Mahoning Valley and then, you know, selling it to people who work for them, using a drug house on Ravenwood Avenue in Youngstown,” Atty. Mike Tobin said.

Wednesday, investigators with the Drug Enforcement Agency, FBI, and local Drug Task Force started picking up suspects around 7 a.m. They brought the suspects to the courthouse downtown.

“This case is an example of combining local police – like Youngstown PD and the Mahoning and Portage County sheriffs – their intelligence on the street with the FBI and DEA, who have the technology and the experience to try and make connections,” Tobin said.

About a dozen suspects are in custody and three were already in custody on unrelated charges.

Charged are:

  • Aaron L. Rogers, 47, of Youngstown: Accused of supplying Jackson with heroin and cocaine. Rogers is also accused of having firearms and money as part of the conspiracy and is charged with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.
  • Cametrius K. Adams, 40, of Youngstown
  • Darry K. Woods, 40, of Youngstown: Accused of supplying drugs for distribution in Youngstown
  • Mack F. Hill, 25, of Youngstown
  • James L. Jackson, 41, of Youngstown: Accused of supplying drugs to Montero and the Hills, as well as Clinkscale, Hunter, Leonard, and Adams. Jackson is also accused of having firearms and money as part of the conspiracy and is charged with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.
  • Deondea K. Hill, 23, of Youngstown
  • Qeevys D. Clinkscale, of Cleveland
  • Trina Hill, 43, of Youngstown: Accused of operating a drug house on Ravenwood Avenue in Youngstown to distribute and store drugs, and having firearms and money.
  • Brian K. Hunter, 44, of Youngstown: Charged with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.
  • John J. Montero, 39, of Youngstown: Accused of having firearms and money as part of the conspiracy and being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.
  • Cornell L. Kennedy, 33, of Youngstown
  • Richard L. Jones, 50, of Ravenna: Accused of supplying heroin to Haywood and Leonard for sale.
  • Willie J. Beacham, 69, of Youngstown: Accused of distributing heroin in the Youngstown area.
  • Terrell L. Leonard, 38, of Youngstown: Accused of selling drugs to Blair, Beacham, Gilbert, and Jordan for distribution in the Youngstown area.
  • Ronald C. Gilbert, 40, of Youngstown: Accused of distributing heroin in the Youngstown area.
  • Shajehan Haywood, 45, of Youngstown:
  • Ricky C. Jordan, 33, of North Lima: Accused of distributing heroin in the Youngstown area.
  • Shane S. Blair, 38, of Sebring: Accused of distributing heroin in the Youngstown area.
  • Antonio D. Liddell, 37, of Ravenna
  • Daryl Keith Jones, 50, of Ravenna: Accused of traveling to Michigan to obtain heroin for sale in Ravenna.
  • Brook Brooks, 36, of Twinsburg: Accused of traveling to Michigan to obtain heroin for sale in Ravenna.

The crimes occurred in 2015 and 2016, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“Today more than 20 people who bring heroin to our neighborhoods were taken off the street,” said Acting U.S. Attorney David A. Sierleja. “Ohio has been devastated by heroin and opioids over the past few years. This is an example of law enforcement working together to lock up dangerous people supplying the drugs.”

Prosecutors say some of those charged could be facing up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

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