Federal indictments were unsealed Tuesday charging 14 people for their involvement in a Detroit-to-Morgantown drug trafficking ring.
Nine of the individuals charged in the heroin trafficking operation have Detroit addresses, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. One man is from Florida, and four people are from West Virginia.
Nine people were taken into custody Tuesday during a coordinated, multi-agency arrest operation in West Virginia and Maryland, but five people have still not been located.
Agencies are still searching for Darrin Lawrence Broadnax, also known as “Silk,” 48, of Detroit, Romelle DeShaun Stevens, also known as “Bishop,” 26, of Detroit, Jeffrey Allen Motley, also known as “G,” 24, of Detroit, Robert Tucker, also known as “Diego,” 22, of Detroit and Ryan Hayworth, 21, of Mullens, West Virginia.
If anyone has information on the whereabouts of those five individuals, please contact the United States Marshals Service at 304-623-0486.
Draylon Eric Beecham, also known as “Wood,” 40, of Detroit; Keith Antonio Cohens, also known as “Jay,” 34, of Detroit; James Leon Fisher, also known as “D,” 29, of Detroit; Craig Coffee, also known as “Mack,” 48, of Detroit; an unidentified man known as “Mac,” of Detroit; Michaelo Merone, 30, of Miami, Florida; Daniel Ross Sims, 26, of Morgantown; Debra Bolden, 45, of Morgantown; and Justin Donald Myers, 36, of Morgantown, were arrested Tuesday on heroin trafficking charges.
A federal grand jury returned three separate indictments alleging that the group traveled from Detroit to Morgantown to operate a heroin distribution ring. The indictments allege that heroin was repeatedly sold near a variety of protected locations in Monongalia County throughout 2014 and 2015.
“Today’s operation highlights the critical role our task forces play in combating heroin and other illegal drug trafficking and the violent criminal enterprises that attempt to take root in our neighborhoods,” said Special Agent in Charge Scott Smith of the FBI’s Pittsburgh Field Office. “Federal penalties for drug trafficking are severe, and the FBI will continue to work with our local, state and federal partners to stop the flow of illegal drugs and to dismantle the violent criminal enterprises that facilitate the flow.”
Monongalia County Sheriff Al Kisner applauded the investigating agencies involved in Tuesday’s operation.
“The arrests made today are the direct result of the close working relationship that has been forged among local, state and federal authorities,” Kisner said. “This investigation sends a clear message to local residents and to those individuals engaged in criminal activity that we are committed to responding aggressively and intelligently to perceived drug trafficking threats and that we will not allow those who seek profit from the sale of illegal drugs to take root in our neighborhoods.”