SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - Five area men were indicted today on federal charges relating to a conspiracy that trafficked in stolen cars through a chop shop and scrap metal yard in Cleveland.
Multiple FBI agents conducted a raid this morning at the home of one of the defendants on Shelburne Road in Shaker Heights.
Indicted in federal court were:
Nayyir Mahdi, aka "Willie Jones," 42, of Shaker Heights, who operated Express Metals on East 152nd Street.
Davies Pierce, aka "Duffy," 52, of Cleveland, who owned Duffy's Towing on Colfax Road.
Mark Brown, 46, of Cleveland, owner of Kram and Kram on East 55th Street.
Lindsay Blackmon, 48, of Cleveland, among co-conspirators who obtained a Miles Road site used as a chop shop, according to court documents.
Gilbert Evans Jr., aka "Grasshopper," 47, of Cleveland.
"These defendants ended up with semi-trucks or pickups that were stolen from parking lots and other places," said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. "The indictment lays out a conspiracy that included thefts in Warrensville Heights, Willoughby, Mentor, Euclid, Elyria and a slew of other locations."