U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman announced today that 18 individuals were charged for their roles in a drug trafficking conspiracy which involved the illegal distribution of cocaine, crack, heroin, fentanyl, fentanyl analogues and other drugs in the Youngstown-Warren area, including providing a substance that led to the fatal overdose of one person. Law enforcement operations arrested 14 individuals today, while four remain at large. The charges were made public in four indictments unsealed today in federal court.
“Because of today‘s operation, 14 drug traffickers in the Youngstown and Warren areas accused of dealing deadly narcotics and opioids are now off the streets,” said U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman. “These drug traffickers charged and arrested today are accused of brazenly selling all types of lethal drugs, including one instance that led to a fatal overdose, according to the indictment. I want to thank all of our dedicated law enforcement partners involved in this successful operation who work tirelessly to keep harmful narcotics and opioids out of our comminutes.”
“This group of individuals brought danger, illegal drugs, and violence to our communities,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric B. Smith. “Law enforcement will continue to identify, disrupt and hold accountable drug trafficking organizations conducting their unlawful activities on our neighborhood streets.”
“Through this collaborative effort with our law enforcement partners, these drug traffickers have been taken off the streets,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Keith Martin. “We remain committed to pursuing anyone pushing illegal narcotics and spreading violence in our communities.”
The following is a breakdown of the charges:
Charged in a 92-count indictment detailing a broad range of criminal activity including use of a communications facility in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, felon in possession of firearm and ammunition, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and various charges of trafficking heroin, fentanyl carfentanil, crack cocaine and more are:
- Vincent Richardson, 28, of Warren, Ohio.
- Del’reno Armstrong, 22, of Warren, Ohio.
- Marcus Williams, 27, of Warren, Ohio. Williams remains at large.
- Randall Morgan, 34, of Warren, Ohio.
- Sean King, 33, of Warren, Ohio.
- William Crenshaw, 35, of Warren, Ohio. Crenshaw remains at large.
- Kvonn Watson, 26, of Warren, Ohio. Watson remains at large.
- Matthew Cavin, 30, of Warren, Ohio.
- Stashon Williams, 35, of Niles, Ohio. Williams remains at large.
- Jalissa Morgan, age 38, of Warren, Ohio.
- Aubrey Adams, 38, of Warren, Ohio.
Charged in a 14-count indictment for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, use of a communications facility in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession with intent to distribute cocaine are:
- Vincente R. Turner, age 43, of Youngstown, Ohio.
- Christopher J. Anderson, age 36, of Mineral Ridge, Ohio.
- Nicholas A. Anderson, age 33, of Mineral Ridge, Ohio,
- Kenneth P. Mazurkiewicz, age 53, of Youngstown, Ohio.
Charged in a nine-count indictment for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, distribution of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime are:
- Williams L. Stubbs, age 41, of Youngstown, Ohio.
- EC Robinson, age 35, of Sharon, Pennsylvania.
Charged in a five-count indictment for distribution of fentanyl resulting in a death and distribution of heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanil are:
- Tyron T. Scott, age 23, of Youngstown
- Kenneth P. Mazurkiewicz, age 53, of Youngstown, Ohio.
According to court documents, from March 2019 to February 2020, defendant Vincent Richardson operated a drug trafficking organization in the Youngstown-Warren areas with other members listed in the indictment. The indictment states that Richardson supplied the narcotics and other members of the drug trafficking organization conspired together to facilitate their drug distribution in the areas. The drug trafficking organization allegedly distributed detectable amounts of fentanyl, fentanyl analogues, crack cocaine, heroin and other drugs in the area during this time. On one occasion, the indictment alleges that defendant Vincent Richardson possessed a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.
In addition, court documents state that on October 15, 2019, defendants Tyron T. Scott and Kenneth P. Mazurkiewicz, members of the drug trafficking organization, allegedly distributed a substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl that led to a fatal overdose.
An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offenses and the characteristics of the violations. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.
The investigation preceding the indictments was conducted by the DEA, FBI, Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force, Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force, Trumbull Action Group, Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office, Warren Police Department and Youngstown Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Toepfer. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District would like to acknowledge and thank the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General for their assistance with this matter.