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June 23, 2015  
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Twenty Members of Violent Central Ohio Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced in Federal Court
Organization distributed crack cocaine, marijuana, oxycodone, and cocaine

JUN 23 (COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Twenty people that were involved in a large scale drug trafficking organization in Central Ohio, were sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court.

Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Joseph P. Reagan, Special Agent in Charge, of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Detroit Field Division, Angela L. Byers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott and Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs announced the sentences.

The sentences are the result of a year-long investigation into the organization by local, state and federal law enforcement.

The organization was responsible for distributing cocaine, oxycodone, crack cocaine and marijuana in the central Ohio area. Some members of the organization, including some convicted felons, possessed firearms in furtherance of the drug trafficking activities. The group supplied drug distributors with firearms to protect the distributors, the drug supply and proceeds from potential robberies. Firearms were placed in strategic places in various locations to intimidate potential robbers.

According to court documents, members of the group would torture and threaten individuals with serious physical harm who were perceived as owing money or drugs to members of – or individuals who were seen as potential witnesses against – the drug conspiracy.

Some of the defendants would launder their drug trafficking proceeds by exchanging tens of thousands of dollars for casino chips at Hollywood Casino in Columbus.

Jermonte M. Fletcher was also indicted on drug, firearm and money laundering charges in connection with the group. He was fatally injured during a shootout with law enforcement agents in Columbus on January 27, 2015. Fletcher had been facing a statutory mandatory minimum of 115 years in prison.

U.S. Attorney Stewart acknowledged the cooperative investigation by the DEA, FBI, Columbus Police, Franklin County Sheriff, ATF, the Ohio Casino Control Commission, and Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorneys David DeVillers and Kevin Kelley, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jimmy Lowe with Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, who prosecuted the case.

U.S. v Fletcher et al

No.

Name

Age

Counts

Sentence

1

JERMONTE M. FLETCHER

31

1, 5-8, 10-22, 24-51,  FA, FB

Deceased

2

Antonio m. Harris

28

1, 28

3 years’ probation

3

Marvin M. dean SpenCer

32

1, 23, 25

60 months imprisonment

4

Byron j. Truss

32

1-4, 9, 14, 39, 52-78, FC

135 months imprisonment

5

Wayne c.Coffman

26

1, 26

3 years’ probation

6

TimOTHY m. Green

34

1, 29

12 months imprisonment

7

Asia d. Williams

29

1, 17, 31

3 years’ probation

8

Wayne c. Hamler

29

1, 33

77 months imprisonment

9

China m. Hester

31

1, 32

50 months imprisonment

10

Latasha r. Madison

29

1, 10, 11, 13, 19, 38, FA

100 months imprisonment

11

AlanNa s. Poore

29

1, 7, 20, FB

3 years’ probation

12

Asia a. McCall

18

1, 5

3 years’ probation

13

Lutricia d. Fletcher-rippy

53

1, 22, 40, 41

3 years’ probation

14

Dwayne a. Stewart

29

1, 24

30 months imprisonment

15

Jason n. Barns

26

1, 27

37 months imprisonment

16

Byron l. Banks  Jr.

21

1, 37

70 months imprisonment

17

Joel j. Brown  

26

1, 15, 16, 34

108 months imprisonment

18

Gary r. Martin II

39

1, 14, 15, 16, 35

78 months imprisonment

19

Lisa N. Martin

39

1, 36

12 months and 1 day imprisonment

20

Derrick a. Browning    

30

1, 14

18 months imprisonment

21*

DAQUAN M. tYSON

35

*Separate indictment.

160 months imprisonment


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