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Authorities warn Valley drug leaders: 'We will get you'

Published: Sat, June 30, 2012 @ 12:01 a.m.




Local and federal law-enforcement officers have federal and state indictments for three dozen people charged in a heroin-ring investigation that has spanned the last three years.

Twelve people face federal charges related to the distribution of heroin in Mahoning County, mostly in Youngstown. Seven of those under federal indictment have been arrested.

Authorities said two dozen additional people face state charges related to the heroin ring. The indictment listed crimes such as trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and possession of criminal tools, but Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains said he could not discuss the specifics of the secret indictment.

Those under federal indictment are: Tyrone “South” Gilbert, John “Fresh” Perdue, Tremayne “Maniac” Collins, Alexis “Scar” Perez, Rafael “Chino” Samniego, Dwayne “Weezie” Thomas, Edwin “Frog” Thomas, Danielle “Pocket” Littles, Rodney “Romo” Moses, Rogelio “Tito” Rojas-Pena, John Helms, and Luis Brisino.

Carole Rendon, assistant attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s office, described the heroin ring as an organized operation where drugs where brought into the city from Chicago by Moses, Perez and Gilbert and delivered to Perdue. Perdue would then distribute the heroin to others included in the indictment.

Rendon said the group would sell the illegal drugs across the county, but primarily operated in Youngstown, using homes on Brentwood and Glenwood avenues on the South Side as a point of operation.

Pete Vickmore, assistant special agent with the FBI, said the investigation into the group’s activities took three years. Efforts from the FBI, city police, prosecutor’s office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, involved detailed wire taps and surveillance.

Vickmore said law enforcement has confiscated more than $150,000, guns and heroin throughout the investigation.

Youngstown Police Chief Rod Foley said the investigation is an example of what residents can expect to see more of in the near future.

“We are not laying down and we are not going to just accept this activity and violence,” he said.

Rendon said there will be more indictments issued from the investigation.

“For those putting this poison on the streets of our community, we will continue to watch and listen and if it takes a day, a week or a year we will get you,” she said. “This is a problem that is growing. ... We are seeing larger quantities and purer heroin throughout our district.”

The city is looking at 17 murders in the first six months of this year. Mayor Charles Sammarone said the efforts, such as this investigation, at stopping the drug trafficking in the city will have a direct effect on the murder rate.

“The quicker we can get the drugs off the street, the quicker we can reduce our murder rate in the city, so this is very important,” he said.

The indictment listed several taped phone conversations between those named in the indictment, including a Dec. 2 phone call received by Gilbert in which he says he will try to exhaust his heroin supply in 10 to 12 days because there is a high demand for the drug in Youngstown. Gilbert was stopped by police with $61,000 two days after that phone conversation.

“This is a prime example of what can be done when collective law enforcement work together,” Gains said. “I want to put the drug dealers on notice: We are going to get you.”


1whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Great Job, keep up the good work !!!!!

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2daMan(6 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Thank You :D

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3RubyGirl(22 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Way to go Law Enforcement! Score a big one for the good guys!

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4Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

"“This is a prime example of what can be done when collective law enforcement work together,” Gains said.""

And would be a HUGE benefit if the idiot residents turn in these cockroaches. That would just be another weapon to get these young wanna b gangstas off the streets.

"We are going to get you.”

And show no MERCY for these useless human DNA's.

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5Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Now work on BHS and the Boardman Wall Mart

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6anothermike(222 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

...."collective law enforcement".....great job! It takes more effort nowadays since we have "progressed" from organized crime to UNorganized crime....

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7Education_Voter(1033 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Thank you. Go after them. Go after them with the armed forces. This is the biggest obstacle to growth in our area.

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8joebag09(330 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I'm not saying this is a bad thing, BUT, not much was accomplished when I got my citation for a seatbelt violation from OSP working in the city! Frankly, it was a waste of their time and my money.

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9fcb(428 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Great Job!!! Let's just hope that none of them appear before Judge"Let them all go" because we know they will be right back at it.

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10CBDactivist(123 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Keep up the good fight to help our kids and community.

Great Job to all the law enforcement agencies.

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11Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

One good thing about seat belt violation
is that if you look out of place or suspicious , the good guys can pull someone over and check them out .

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12reggie(30 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

well if u want more u better hit Niles... i even knew alot of them who till thsi day are mixed up in that crap.. don;t let the ball stop rollin now.. great job and get them all. save our children from these sicko's who turn them on for free then bam they got em'.. even have 14 yr. olds in Niles hooked on heroin.. such a shame. back when i was 14 my thing was sneaking a cig or skipping a class. things have gotten out fo control and we need to get our hometowns BACK!

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