WPD rounds up alleged Marlena Park Gang in drug ring

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Aly Shinkle/Wilmington News JournalWilmington Police Chief Duane Weyand speaks to media Friday morning in Warren County.
Aly Shinkle/Wilmington News JournalWilmington Police Chief Duane Weyand speaks to media Friday morning in Warren County.
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Forty people were arrested, three cars were seized and various amounts of cash and drugs were confiscated Thursday in an alleged drug ring, according to authorities.


Wilmington Police Chief Duane Weyand, who spoke at a press conference in Warren County Friday morning, said officers also confiscated black tar heroin, a rare form of heroin that has only been seen once before in Clinton County.


The investigation was a collaborative effort conducted by the Wilmington Police Department and the Greater Warren County Drug Task Force. Seventy-two individuals were charged as a result of the investigation that lasted more than one year. Some of the individuals have yet to be taken into custody.


The investigation began with several drug purchases originating from the Wilmington area leading to Dayton. In the midst of the operation, investigators found a large-scale drug operation organized in a hierarchical structure indicating a widespread problem spanning multiple counties, according to the WPD.


The hierarchical structure became known as the Marlena Park Gang, a reference to a park in southeast Wilmington.


Weyand told the News Journal the investigation took longer than what he would like because the WPD had learned that many people were bringing drugs into the community and “we were trying to solve that problem and send a message to the drug traffickers of Dayton, Columbus or Greene County that we’re going to come after you, and we proved that by executing search warrants in other counties stemming from this investigation.”


He said the operation was made possible through multiple tips made by concerned citizens.


“We apologize that we couldn’t act quicker on some of these because it acted on such a large-scale drug operation, but we’re grateful to have such community support to call this stuff in.”


Weyand said his department received a lot of positive feedback from the community while law enforcement personnel were out executing search warrants Thursday.


Wilmington experienced an explosion of heroin use, prior to the start of the operation. According to a media release, the area experienced a 632-percent increase in overdose-related calls for service within the last 18-month period.


In addition to drug trafficking, welfare fraud was also a target of the operation. The media release stated the total loss prevention to Ohio Job and Family Services by indicting those arrested will save more than $100,000 per year in Clinton County.


The police department worked with multiple undercover operations involving surveillance, direct purchase of narcotics and multiple confidential sources in order to tackle the problem in Clinton County, the media release said.


The contributing agencies included ACE Drug Task Force in Greene County, Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, Dayton Safe Streets Task Force, the Dayton Drug Enforcement Agency office, the Cincinnati and Dayton Federal Bureau of Investigation offices and the Ohio Highway State Patrol.


“I would really like to thank the officers of the Wilmington Police Department for their hard work and making this round-up a success,” Weyand said. “The Wilmington Police Department is committed to serving our citizens and solving the drug problem, not just in Wilmington, but wherever our investigation takes us.”


Those charged in the outcome of the investigation include:


• Tony Dill, Wilmington: Trafficking in cocaine, fifth-degree felony; two counts of permitting drug abuse, fifth-degree felony; trafficking in marijuana, fifth-degree felony and possession of cocaine, fifth-degree felony.


• Kevin Alredge, Wilmington: Trafficking in cocaine, second-degree felony and trafficking in cocaine, fourth-degree felony.


• Marc Burch, Clinton County Jail: Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, first-degree felony; trafficking in heroin, third-degree felony and trafficking in heroin, fourth-degree felony.


• Kahlif Zione, Wilmington: Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, first-degree felony; trafficking in cocaine, fifth-degree felony; trafficking in heroin, fifth-degree felony; aggravated trafficking in drugs, fifth-degree felony and illegal manufacture of drugs, second-degree felony.


• Scott Kline, Wilmington: Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, first-degree felony; trafficking in cocaine, fifth-degree felony and illegal manufacture of drugs, second-degree felony.


• Debra Ortiz, Wilmington: Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, second-degree felony; trafficking in cocaine, fifth-degree felony and permitting drug abuse, fifth-degree felony.


• Josephine Davis, Fairborn: Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, first-degree felony; trafficking in cocaine, fifth-degree felony and illegal manufacture of drugs, second-degree felony.


• Derrick Beverly, Wilmington: Trafficking in marijuana, fifth-degree felony.


• Jerrell Smith, Trotwood: Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, first-degree felony; trafficking in cocaine, fifth-degree felony; aggravated trafficking in drugs, fourth-degree felony and illegal manufacture of drugs, second-degree felony.


• Jahad Abdul Hakim, Xenia: Trafficking in heroin, fifth-degree felony.


• Trent Swift, Xenia: Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, second-degree felony; trafficking in cocaine, fifth-degree felony and aggravated trafficking in drugs, fifth-degree felony.


• Julie Burns, Wilmington: Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, second-degree felony; trafficking in cocaine, fifth-degree felony; aggravated trafficking in drugs, fourth-degree felony and illegal use of food stamps, fifth-degree felony.


• Anthony Woody Jr., Orient: Possession of heroin, fifth-degree felony and possession of dangerous drugs, fifth-degree felony.


• Amber Huff, Wilmington: Possession of heroin, fifth-degree felony; tampering with evidence, third-degree felony; receiving stolen property, fifth-degree felony; forgery, fifth-degree felony and two counts of theft from an elderly person, fourth-degree felony.


• Brian Arrington, Wilmington: Trafficking in cocaine, fifth-degree felony and petty theft, first-degree misdemeanor.


• Odell Guinn, Columbus: Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, first-degree felony and trafficking in cocaine, first-degree felony.


• Mary Jamason, Wilmington: Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, second-degree felony and trafficking in cocaine, fifth-degree felony.


• Brittany Adams, Wilmington: Trafficking in drugs, fifth-degree felony and theft, fifth-degree felony.


• Ben Willis, Warren County Jail: Trafficking in heroin, third-degree felony and trafficking in heroin, fifth-degree felony.


• Stanley Irwin, Wilmington: Trafficking in marijuana, fifth-degree felony.


• Joyce Dallas, Wilmington: Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, second-degree felony; trafficking in cocaine, fifth-degree felony and permitting drug abuse, fifth-degree felony.


• Julian Gaiton, at large: Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, second-degree felony and trafficking in cocaine, fifth-degree felony.


• Susan Stoops-Pace, Wilmington: Trafficking in drugs, fifth-degree felony; aggravated trafficking in drugs, fifth-degree felony and trafficking in drugs, fifth-degree felony.


• Jazmine Payne, Wilmington: Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, second-degree felony and trafficking in cocaine, fifth-degree felony.


• Derek Davis, Wilmington: Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, second-degree felony; trafficking in cocaine, fifth-degree felony and possessing criminal tools, fifth-degree felony.


• Joshua Payne, Dayton: Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, second-degree felony; trafficking in cocaine, fifth-degree felony; trafficking in heroin, fifth-degree felony and trafficking in marijuana, fifth-degree felony.


• Jaya Stewart, at large: Trafficking in heroin, fourth-degree felony.


• Donte Davis, Wilmington: Trafficking in heroin, fifth-degree felony; trafficking in marijuana, fourth-degree felony; trafficking in marijuana, fourth-degree felony and trafficking in marijuana, fifth-degree felony.


• Kelcee Bloch, New Vienna: Trafficking in heroin, third-degree felony.


• Crystal Batson, at large: Possession of heroin, fifth-degree felony.


• Larry Spurlock, Wilmington: Trafficking in heroin, fifth-degree felony.


• Gina Spurlock, Wilmington: Trafficking in heroin, fifth-degree felony.


• Miles Garner, Dayton: Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, first-degree felony; trafficking in cocaine, fifth-degree felony; aggravated trafficking in drugs, fourth-degree felony and illegal manufacture of drugs, second-degree felony.


• Christina Hurn, Springfield: Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, second-degree felony and trafficking in cocaine, fifth-degree felony.


• Rhode Alale, Wilmington: Permitting drug abuse, fifth-degree felony.


• Christopher Huston, Wilmington: Possession of cocaine, fifth-degree felony and aggravated possession of drugs, fifth-degree felony.


• Lisa Penn, Clinton County Jail: Aggravated trafficking in drugs, fifth-degree felony; trafficking in drugs, fifth-degree felony; trafficking in drugs, fifth-degree felony; aggravated trafficking in drugs, fourth-degree felony and trafficking in drugs, fourth-degree felony.


• Sonjia Hughes, Wilmington: Possession of cocaine, fifth-degree felony and aggravated trafficking in drugs, fifth-degree felony.


• Terry Adams, Wilmington: Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, second-degree felony; trafficking in cocaine, fifth-degree felony; trafficking in heroin, fifth-degree felony and permitting drug abuse, fifth-degree felony.


• Diana Adams, Wilmington: Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, second-degree felony; trafficking in cocaine, fifth-degree felony; trafficking in heroin, fifth-degree felony and permitting drug abuse, fifth-degree felony.


• Derrick Cassell, at large: Trafficking in cocaine, fifth-degree felony and trafficking in cocaine, fifth-degree felony.


• Hasan Booker, at large: Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, second-degree felony and trafficking in cocaine, fifth-degree felony.


• Andre Carr, Ohio Penitentiary: Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, second-degree felony; aggravated trafficking in drugs, fourth-degree felony and trafficking in drugs, fifth-degree felony.


• Phillip Davis, Fairborn: Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, first-degree felony; trafficking in cocaine, fifth-degree felony; aggravated trafficking in drugs, fourth-degree felony and illegal manufacture of drugs, second-degree felony.


• John Scanlon, Wilmington: Possession of drugs, fourth-degree felony.


• Malik Rollins, Wilmington: Felonious assault.


• Joseph West, Clinton County Jail: Trafficking in drugs, third-degree felony; failure to register as a sex offender and possession of drugs, fourth-degree felony.


• Bonnie Harrison, Wilmington: Possession of drugs, first-degree misdemeanor.


• David Harnish, Sabina: Possession of drugs, first-degree misdemeanor.


• Toyia Scott, Wilmington: Possession of drugs, first-degree misdemeanor.


• Dorothy Mann, New Vienna: Possession of drugs, first-degree misdemeanor.


• Carey Mann, New Vienna: Possession of drugs, first-degree misdemeanor.


• Twanna McLaughlin, Wilmington: Possession of drugs, first-degree misdemeanor.


• Ricky Smith, Clinton County Jail: Possession of drugs, first-degree misdemeanor.


• Kathy Guenther, Wilmington: Possession of drugs, first-degree misdemeanor.


• Robin Brothers, Wilmington: Possession of drugs, first-degree misdemeanor.


• Carelton Curtis, Wilmington: Possession of drugs, first-degree misdemeanor.


• Sara Cochran, rehabilitation: Possession of drugs, first-degree misdemeanor.


• Kristina Taylor, Blanchester: Possession of drugs, first-degree misdemeanor.


• Samantha Huston, Wilmington: Possession of drugs, first-degree misdemeanor.


• Virgil Norman, Wilmington: Possession of drugs, first-degree misdemeanor.


• Dustin Snow, Wilmington: Possession of drugs, first-degree misdemeanor.


• Barry Turner, Wilmington: Possession of drugs, first-degree misdemeanor.


• Evelyn Miller, Clarksville: Possession of drugs, first-degree misdemeanor.


• Brad Bennett, Wilmington: Possession of drugs, first-degree misdemeanor.


• Nyles Williams, Wilmington: Possession of drugs, first-degree misdemeanor.


• Rebekah Long, Wilmington: Possession of drugs, first-degree misdemeanor.


• Thomas Dent, at large: Possession of drugs, first-degree misdemeanor.


• Asia Tippie, Wilmington: Possession of drugs, first-degree misdemeanor.


• Charles Holcomb, Wilmington: Possession of drugs, first-degree misdemeanor.


• Ben Benningfield, Wilmington: Possession of drugs, first-degree misdemeanor.


• Doug Johnson, at large: Possession of drugs, first-degree misdemeanor.


Aly Shinkle can be reached at 937-382-2874, or on Twitter @alyshinkle.


 
 
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