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Nine charged for Youngstown-area drug trafficking operation

Authorities allege defendants operated a drug ring bringing narcotics like heroin, fentanyl, crack and cocaine into communities around Youngstown.
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YOUNGSTOWN — Federal prosecutors have charged nine people with 57 criminal counts for their alleged roles in a drug trafficking conspiracy that brought various drugs into communities around the city.

Those charged include Youngstown residents Korey K. Moody, 36; Cedric L. Sanders, 42; Matthew J. Spain, 38; Michael N. Childs Jr., 35; Dewayne J. McCullough, 35; Ghalayah L. Labooth, 42; and George V. Barnette, 37; Lamar E. Knox, 31. Also charged were Lawrence K. McBride, 50, of Salem, and Keylan T. Davis, 32, of Canton.

The 35-page indictment was filed in Ohio's Northern District federal court and unsealed Wednesday.

 

Authorities allege Moody supplied heroin and cocaine to Sanders, Spain, Labooth and Childs for distribution in the Youngstown area, according to a Wednesday news release from the Northern District U.S. Attorney's office in Cleveland.

Spain and Childs then allegedly supplied cocaine to McCullough, Barnette, Knox and McBride "for redistribution in the areas around Youngstown."

"The defendants allegedly used cell phones and code words to conduct and conceal their activities," reads the release.

It's also alleged Moody ran a "drug premise" along Delason Avenue in Youngstown "for the purposes of storing and distributing drugs and narcotics."

All face charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine, crack, heroin, fentanyl, fentanyl analogues and methamphetamine, as well as various other counts for firearms, maintaining a drug premise and using cell phones for drug trafficking.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Yasmine Makridis.