According to law enforcement officials, 20 people have been indicted for participating in a conspiracy to transport cocaine and heroin to Akron and distribute it in northeast Ohio. The alleged participants are between the ages of 24 and 60. Prior to the indictment, an investigation was conducted through a collaboration of law enforcement officials across towns and cities, along with the FBI and DEA. Authorities reported the seizure of crack cocaine, cocaine, heroin, a Kevlar vest, six firearms, ammunition and cash. Their investigation concluded that a 60-year-old man obtained cocaine and heroin from two women aged 29 and 30 as well as other individuals in 2010. Then, authorities say that the man gave the drugs to other indicted people to distribute.

The man is facing charges for possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and being a felon with a gun and ammunition. The charges against the two women who allegedly supplied him with the drugs are unclear. However, the indictment includes charges of conspiracy to possess heroin and cocaine with intent to distribute as well as distribution of heroin and cocaine. There is also a charge involving the use of a telecommunications facility to assist with drug trafficking.

Along with these individuals, a 44-year-old man is accused of possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to distribute and of being a felon with a gun and ammunition. A 46-year-old woman is charged as a felon with a gun and ammunition, and a 31-year-old man is charged with same thing as well as possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

Stiff consequences may await individuals who are convicted of drug charges that involve cocaine or heroin possession, distribution or trafficking. However, their defense attorneys might be able to negotiate reduced charges and sentences with the help of private investigators. This could be achieved by discrediting some of the evidence against the defendants.

Source: WKYC, “20 indicted for conspiracy that brought heroin, cocaine to Akron,” July 10, 2015