Friday, January 22, 1999

Drug sweeps net 30 arrests

Lincoln Hts., Lockland targets

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LOCKLAND — Thirty suspected drug peddlers were arrested Thursday in early morning sweeps of Lincoln Heights and Lockland.

        About 100 federal agents and police officers began searching multiple Lockland and Lincoln Heights locations about 6 a.m., culminating a four-month investigation.

        “Today's arrests remove some of the worst drug dealers from the streets,” said U.S. Attorney Sharon Zealey.

        Authorities shut down a multiunit building in the 600 block of Walnut Avenue in Lockland, which allegedly was a distribution point.

        “We intend to seek high bonds on all of the individuals,” said Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen, adding that the state charges are fourth- and fifth-degree felonies.

        If convicted by the state, defendants could face between three and five years in prison. The federal charges carry between five and 40 years in prison and up to $2 million in fines.

        Of those arrested, 16 were charged under federal statutes for conspiracy with intent to distribute, and distributing more than 5 grams of crack cocaine — while the remaining 14 were charged under state statutes.

        Facing federal charges: Joseph Cain, 19, Lockland; George Carter, 22, Lockland; Todd Goins, 28, Lockland; Don Kemper, age unknown, Lockland; Eric Lewis, 38, Lincoln Heights; Brandon Mattress, 19, Lincoln Heights; and James Mayberry, 19, Lincoln Heights.

        Also, Rufus Mitchell, 25, Lincoln Heights; Joseph Oglesby, 42, Lockland; Paul Powell, 23, Lockland; Lamont Reed, 31, Lincoln Heights; Michael Smith, 29, Lockland; Taiwan Smith, 22, Lincoln Heights; Robert Washington, age unknown, Lincoln Heights; Yvan Washington, age unknown, Lincoln Heights; and Kevin Williams, 33, Woodlawn.

        State indictments have yet to be unsealed; names of the 14 others were not released.

        Both Ms. Zealey and Mr. Allen promised aggressive prosecutions. Twelve of the 16 facing federal charges appeared Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy Hogan, who ordered them detained pending a 2 p.m. detention hearing Monday in federal court.

        Officials did not know when the remaining suspects were to appear in court.


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