DEA Mobile Enforcement Team and Local Police
MAY 19–In November 2004, law enforcement authorities in the Steubenville, Ohio area noticed a disturbing increase in violence and drug-trafficking in the Steubenville area. In an effort to attack this problem, Steubenville Police Chief W.A. McCafferty requested that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) deploy their Mobile Enforcement Team (MET) to Steubenville. The DEA Mobile Enforcement Teams are located throughout the United States in DEA’s 21 Field Division Offices. Their mission entails responding to areas throughout their area of responsibility suffering from significant drug-trafficking and violence associated with organized drug gangs. These teams concentrate most of their efforts in rural and smaller urban areas which often don’t have the law enforcement resources to combat these gangs.
In November 2004, DEA Detroit MET and the Steubenville PD identified the Ian Shaw Cocaine Organization operating in Steubenville. The Shaw Organization was responsible for violent crack cocaine and marijuana distribution activities in the Steubenville area. The Jance George Trafficking Organization was also identified as the primary marijuana distributor in the Steubenville area. These organizations would transport narcotics from Detroit to Steubenville and distribute their crack cocaine and marijuana by utilizing local hotels and private residences as distribution locations. The organizations used local Steubenville residents to facilitate their illegal activities by having them rent local hotel rooms and act as couriers.
Over the course of this five-month deployment, the MET arrested 12 individuals and seized 334 grams of cocaine, 437 grams of crack cocaine, and 14, 518 grams of marijuana. In addition, 7 weapons, 2 vehicles and $36,940 U.S. Currency were seized.
A press conference at the Mayor’s office, highlighting the coordinated efforts of the Detroit MET and the Steubenville PD was given on May 19, 2005. During the press conference, Theresa Dicarlantoni of the Hilltop Community Development Corporation expressed the gratitude of the community for the MET deployment.