Akron drug dealer faces additional charges tied to $1.5 million ‘crystal meth pipeline’

Akron drug dealer faces additional charges tied to $1.5 million ‘crystal meth pipeline’
James Thomas of Akron, Ohio

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - An Akron man is facing additional felony charges for his role in a cocaine and crystal methamphetamine drug trafficking ring between Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania.

The additional charges against 49-year-old James Thomas, of Akron, as well as 53-year-old Sondra McQuillen and 31-year-old Kenneth Quade, both of Houtzdale, Pa., were announced during a press conference with Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

“I’m proud to announce that the Akron, Ohio to Clearfield, Pennsylvania crystal meth pipeline has been shut down,” Shapiro stated.

The estimated street value of the 10,000 grams of crystal meth and cocaine distributed by the criminals is estimated to value $1.5 million.

Thomas is charged in the Sept. 2018 investigation with two counts of corrupt organizations, 12 counts of possession with intent to deliver and four other related charges for selling drugs to McQuillen. She then brought the drugs back to sell in Clearfield County, Pa.

When investigators searched Thomas' home in Akron, Drug Enforcement Agents seized approximately 2 pounds of meth, cocaine, firearms, and $50,000 in cash.

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