JAN 24 (CLEVELAND) - Sixteen people were indicted on drug trafficking, illegal firearms and money laundering charges for their roles in an organization that is accused of bringing cocaine, heroin and marijuana from Chicago and selling it in Cleveland, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Robert L. Corso, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
The ring operated between March and September 2012, according to the indictment. The defendants are from Cleveland unless otherwise noted. The indictment charges Richard Price, Jr., aka "Richie," age 23; Alexander Abreu, aka "Cuba," age 42; Geraldo Maldonado, aka "Lalo," age 37; Richard Maldonado, age 27; Joshua Johnson, age 21; Robert Hoover, age 27; Gordon Egan, age 19; Reginald Hart, age 34, of Bedford; Pedro Gonzalez, age 29; John Childrey, age 22, of Brook Park; John Hoch, age 19, of Middleburg Heights; Michael Young, age 24; Patrick Corrigan, aka "Patrick Marflak," of Lakewood; and Cory Box, age 20, of Westlake, with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, heroin, and marijuana.
Richard Price, Jr., is also charged with distributing cocaine and heroin, possessing with intent to distribute heroin, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, being a felon in possession of firearms, maintaining a premises for drug trafficking, and money laundering. Joshua Johnson is also charged with distributing heroin. John Hoch and Alexander Abreu additionally are charged with money laundering. Finally, Breanna Johnson, age 19, of Cleveland, Ohio, is charged with distributing heroin while Richard Price, Sr., age 49, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
DEA’s Special Agent in Charge Corso said: “This drug-trafficking organization, led by Richard Price, was unique in that it supplied the west side of Cleveland with such a vast array of illegal drugs. These arrests effectively cut off a pipeline that fed the streets of Cleveland. The success of this sophisticated investigation is directly related to the strong cooperation and support between DEA and our law enforcement partners.”
The indictment describes a conspiracy in which Price, Jr., obtained cocaine, heroin, and marijuana from Abreu and other suppliers and then distributed the drugs to numerous dealers in the Cleveland area, while being assisted by several of the co-conspirators.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Matthew W. Shepherd and Henry F. DeBaggis. This case was investigated through the combined efforts of the DEA and Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office.An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.