CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - 18 people have been indicted for their roles in a conspiracy that brought large amounts of heroin and crack cocaine to Canton from Chicago.
Some of the defendants illegally used firearms as part of the conspiracy. According to the indictment, drug addicts were sometimes used to transport the drugs, and they were then distributed from houses in Canton and elsewhere.
Named in the 11-count indictment are: Jermaine Ramsey, 39, of Canton; Philon Ramsey, 33, of Akron; Caitlin Dixon, 22, of Canton; Eric Edwards, 24, of Canton; Deonte Lewis, 29, of Canton; Terence Harper, 42, of Alliance; Drakco Edwards, 34, of Canton; Lowrell Neal, 35, of Canton; Shaun Smith, 36, of Canton; James Clark, 36, of Alliance; Cory Abbott, 30, of Canton; Matthew Carmichael, 19, of Riverside, Illinois; Frederick Coleman, 31, of Alliance; Dominique Edwards, 26, of Canton; Clifford Edwards, 57, of Canton; Thomas Bergener, 33, of Canton; Quinton Campbell, 28, of Chicago, and Patrick Thomas, 31, of Massillon.
Philon Ramsey, Jermaine Ramsey, Caitlin Dixon, Eric Edwards, Lowrell Neal and others obtained large quantities of heroin and cocaine from a supplier in Chicago. Edwards, Philon Ramsey, Dixon and others had addicts and relatives drive them and others to Chicago to obtain the drugs, according to the indictment.
Philon Ramsey, Edwards, Neal and others used addicts as "runners" to deliver heroin and cocaine to drug customers. They also used addicts and relatives to live in "trap houses" from which they distributed heroin and cocaine. These included residences on Lawn Avenue SW, Holland Court and 16th StreetNE, and Piedmont Street in Canton, according to the indictment.
Eric Edwards used Shaun Smith and Patrick Thomas as "enforcers" for his drug trafficking organization, according to the indictment.
Philon Ramsey, Lowrell Neal, Terence Harper, Eric Edwards and Patrick Thomas face additional charges for being felons in possession of firearms.
Jermaine Ramsey, Matthew Carmichael and Quinton Campbell face additional charges for distributing heroin within 1,000 feet of Heritage Christian School. Drakco Edwards is charged with selling heroin within 1,000 feet of Fairmount Elementary School. Cory Abbott is charged with selling heroin within 1,000 feet of Timken High School.
The conspiracy took place between February 2013 and April 2015. Twenty-three firearms were seized as part of the investigation.