Drug Enforcement Administration


Keith Martin , Special Agent in Charge

December 11, 2014

Contact: Brian McNeal

Phone Number: (571) 362-1498

Columbus Man Sentenced To Three Years In Federal Prison For Role In Cocaine Distribution Ring And Money Laundering

Cagle distributed multi- kilo quantities of cocaine from Texas to Ohio

COLUMBUS, OHIO - Stephen A. Cagle, 46, of Columbus, Ohio, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court to 36 months in prison for distributing cocaine and money laundering.

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 (DEA), Kathy Enstrom, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs and Michael Boxler, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced the sentence handed down today by U.S. District Judge Gregory L. Frost.

According to court documents, on or about January 1, 2010, through September 21, 2011, Cagle, along with several others, was part of a large scale narcotics organization involved in importing, manufacturing and distributing cocaine throughout Central and Northern Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Specifically, Cagle was responsible for distributing multiple kilograms of cocaine that was being transported into Ohio from Texas. The defendant was also involved in operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, often transporting several hundreds of thousands of dollars from Ohio to Texas.
While executing a search warrant at Cagle’s residence on September 21, 2011, investigators discovered more than 5 kilograms of cocaine, several firearms, more than $142,000 in cash and several vehicles.

Cagle pleaded guilty on May 21, 2014 to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and money laundering.

He was ordered to forfeit $142,020 in cash and $14,800 in lieu of vehicles seized on his property, as well as at least 13 firearms.

U.S. Attorney Stewart commended the cooperative investigation by the DEA, IRS-Criminal Investigation, Columbus Division of Police, and ATF, as well as Assistant United States Attorney Kenneth F. Affeldt, who is representing the United States in this case.
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