Saturday, June 16, 2001

Officers break up a cocaine drug ring

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        Two brothers are under arrest and police are looking for several more men after breaking up what they say was a drug trafficking ring that might have been operating in Greater Cincinnati for a year.

        Linell Ramsby, 29, of Forest Park, and Alfred Ramsby, 27, of Springdale were arrested Friday morning on federal felony charges of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, use of a communication device to further a criminal conspiracy and possession of cocaine, said Thomas McGrath, coordinator of the Drug Abuse Reduction Task Force (DART).

        Indictments on federal drug charges were also handed up Thursday against Odell Neal, 31, of Cincinnati; Shawn Ransom, 35, of Cincinnati; Kenneth R. Pruitt, 25, of Springfield Township; Karicko O. Tunstall, 23, Hamilton; Christopher Tunstall, no age available, of Hamilton; and Samuel M. Campbell, 26, of Forest Park.

        Calvin Simmons, no age available, of Hamilton was indicted on a federal weapons charge, Mr. McGrath said.

        All of those men except for Mr. Campbell, who is incarcerated, are at large and federal agents and local police officers continue to look for them. Police began the roundup just after 6 a.m. Friday.

        “As quickly as these indictments came out, we wanted to go out and (get) as many of these defendants as we could,” Mr. McGrath said.

        Police say the men maintained a large cocaine operation that was capable of distributing over 2 pounds per day and generating several hundred thousand dollars a month. The ring allegedly dealt crack and cocaine.

        “It was a rather large cocaine distribution network,” Mr. McGrath said. “They would have been selling large quantities that would have been redistributed.”

        The multijurisdictional investigation has been going on for about six months and is continuing, authorities said.

        DART teamed with the Hamilton Police Department, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification, the Drug Enforcement and the U.S. Customs Service as part of the investigation.

        Friday's sweep included state and federal agents and police officers from Hamilton, Blue Ash, Springdale, Forest Park, Madeira, Deer Park, DART and Springfield Township.


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