COLUMBUS An ongoing investigation by federal, state and local law enforcement in Steubenville and Jefferson County has led to the indictment of six people on federal drug trafficking and gun charges that are punishable by at least 15 years in prison. Eight others have been charged by a Jefferson County grand jury.
U.S. Attorney Carter M. Stewart joined this afternoon with local law enforcement officials to announce the indictments.
Named in the federal indictment are:
Kinlawyed Hendrix, aka "Lo", 27, Steubenville
Calvin D. Bryant Jr., aka "Gunz", 26, Canton, Ohio
Robert L. Simmons Jr., aka "Chase", 19, Steubenville
Jessie O. Birden, aka "J-Money", 21, Steubenville
Berryon F. Moore, III, aka "Pumpkin", 25, Steubenville
Joseph L. Dennis, 30, aka "JD" Toronto, Ohio
The federal indictment charges the six defendants with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin, a crime punishable by at least 10 years and up to life in prison. The indictment also charges all defendants except Dennis with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime.
Hendrix is charged with two gun counts. That crime carries a punishment of at least five years and up to 40 years in prison, served consecutive to any time served for the heroin trafficking.
"The federal indictment is a result of an ongoing investigation into heroin trafficking and the related gun violence in the Ohio Valley," Stewart said. "We will continue with a regional approach to investigate the sources of the illegal drugs and guns."
"These indictments are the result of great cooperation between local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies dedicated to making this community a better place in which to live," stated FBI Special Agent in Charge Kevin Cornelius.
All federal defendants will appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Columbus.
In addition to those charged federally, Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin announced that a Jefferson County grand jury indicted the following individuals:
Lavinia Hearon, 29, Chicago, tampering with evidence
Jacari Benson, 30, Weirton, trafficking in heroin
Frederick L. McGowan, 39, Madison, Wis., possession of heroin, possession of cocaine
Robert Jackson, 32, Steubenville, two counts trafficking in heroin
Harry E. Stackhouse, 25, Steubenville, two counts trafficking in heroin
Rashann D. Mukes, 28, Steubenville, trafficking in heroin in the presence of a juvenile, with gun specifications
Kyle M. Irvin, 29, Chicago, trafficking in heroin
Charles Henry Thompson, 24, Chicago, trafficking in heroin, two counts of having a weapon under disability
Officials allege that this drug organization transported more than 23 kilograms of heroin from Chicago for distribution in the Steubenville area over a two-year period.
Stewart commended the cooperative investigation by the Jefferson County Drug Task Force, whose members include the DEA in addition to the agencies named above, and the assistance of the Ohio State Highway Patrol in the investigation. The U.S. Marshals Service participated in the arrests. Stewart also acknowledged the assistance of the Brooke-Hancock-Weirton Drug Task Force in West Virginia, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Hunter, who is prosecuting the case.