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Drug trafficking indictments made in Lima

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Those officials that have been working on this case say that the teamwork between every department is important to getting the job done. Those officials that have been working on this case say that the teamwork between every department is important to getting the job done.
Officials say that if convicted, most of the defendants, in this case, will face a sentence less than the statutory maximum. Officials say that if convicted, most of the defendants, in this case, will face a sentence less than the statutory maximum.

In an effort between local, state, and federal officials, a series of arrest warrants surrounding a crack cocaine trafficking conspiracy were issued within Lima, bringing the total number of people involved to right people in custody on the federal level and six on the state level.

Departments involved released the names of those people that were indicted, several of whom, according to the indictment, conspired between November of 2016 and the present to distribute a large amount of cocaine and crack cocaine. One of the involved, Demos Watkins, pleaded guilty to drug charges in federal court earlier this year and is awaiting sentencing.

Those officials that have been working on this case say that the teamwork between every department is important to getting the job done.

"It’s very critical, and we look to do it whenever we can; obviously we all bring different skills and resources to the table, and we've found over the years that when we work collectively and in a coordinated way with state local and federal partners, we have the biggest impact," said U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman.

"We couldn’t have done this without the federal people," said Allen County Prosecutor Juergen Waldick. "Drug dealers really don’t have jurisdictional boundaries; nobody stops at the county line and says 'Ok, now I’m in the next county,' so it’s really important that we work together with the other counties and we work with the federal level, because these drugs come from out of state, we couldn’t have done it without them."

Allen County Sheriff Matt Treglia says that this investigation has been ongoing for quite some time - but it will be a continuing process.

"These people were the people supplying all the smaller dealers - do I think it’s going to stop? Absolutely not," Sheriff Treglia said. "Someone is going to try to step up and take their place and move forward, but that’s where the Drug Unit steps in again, once and for all, on level now with the smaller level drug seizures and crimes and we start focusing back on that."

Officials are still looking for one suspect, in this case, 29-year-old Chivas Shurelds: "Of the eight remaining federal arrest warrants that we served, seven of the eight are in custody and one remaining fugitive is out there - we’re asking for the public help to find that one remaining fugitive," said Jeff Fortunato, FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge.

Officials say that if convicted, most of the defendants, in this case, will face a sentence less than the statutory maximum.

According to the Allen County Sheriff's Office, state level charges made include:

Shay Williams: Trafficking Cocaine (Two Counts)

Verlando L. Clark: Trafficking Heroin, Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, Permitting Drug Abuse

Edward B. Moore Jr.: Trafficking Cocaine (Three Counts), Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity

Willie Reynolds Jr.: Poss. Of Cocaine, Poss. Of Drugs

Michael D. Johnson: Poss. Of Cocaine, Having Weapons While Under Disability (Five Counts)

Raymond T. White: Trafficking in Cocaine, Poss. Of Cocaine (Two Counts), Having Weapons While Under Disability, Tampering With Evidence

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Media Release

6-14-2018

West Central Ohio Crime Task Force Members:

Allen County Sheriff’s Office

Allen County Prosecutors Office

Lima Police Department

Delphos Police Department

Ohio State Highway Patrol

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office

The Allen County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team attempted (3) arrest warrants and (2) Residential Search Warrants. Currently we can disclose that an arrest warrant was served on Shay Michael Williams at 1374 Latham Ave. Lima, Ohio (D.O.B. 12-11-1988) Information on all other search and arrest warrants handled by the Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team will be sent via a media release later today.

The Lima Police Department SWAT Team served arrest warrants at the following locations:

760 S. Metcalf St. Lima, Ohio Suspect Arrested Verlando Lamingo Clark (D.O.B. 10-6-1972)

301 E. Third St. Lima, Ohio Suspect Arrested Edward Bernard Moore Jr. (D.O.B. 3-31-1974)

915 E. Linden St. Lima, Ohio Suspect Arrested Willie James Reynolds Jr. (D.O.B. 10-18-1976)

1031 Hughes Ave. Lima, Ohio Suspect Arrested Michael Dewayne Johnson (D.O.B. 7-27-1965)

The Lima Police Department SWAT Team also served (2) residential search warrants. Information on those warrants will be released through an additional media release later today.

Additionally -  Raymond Thomas White (D.O.B. 9-20-1971) – Has been charged with state charges related to this operation but was already in custody on unrelated charges.

While executing the above listed arrest warrants additional information was obtained and (4) residential search warrants were obtained and executed a short time later by the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, Lima Police Department and West Central Ohio Crime Task Force. The Allen County Sheriff’s Office served Search Warrants at: 1374 Latham Ave. Lima, Ohio and 3363 S. Wapak Rd. Lima, Ohio. The Lima Police Department served Search Warrants at 1031 Hughes Ave. Lima, Ohio and 760 S. Metcalf St. Lima, Ohio.

There are additional suspects being sought by the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force for state criminal charges but no additional information can be released at this time.

Charges are as follows:

Shay Williams: Trafficking Cocaine (Two Counts)

Verlando L. Clark: Trafficking Heroin, Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, Permitting Drug Abuse

Edward B. Moore Jr.: Trafficking Cocaine (Three Counts), Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity

Willie Reynolds Jr.: Poss. Of Cocaine, Poss. Of Drugs

Michael D. Johnson: Poss. Of Cocaine, Having Weapons While Under Disability (Five Counts)

Raymond T. White: Trafficking in Cocaine, Poss. Of Cocaine (Two Counts), Having Weapons While Under Disability, Tampering With Evidence

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