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25 people from the Tri-State arrested and charged in nationwide drug conspiracy case

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Posted at 12:30 PM, Nov 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 10:33:11-05

CINCINNATI — Thirty-seven people, including 25 from the Tri-State, have been arrested and charged in a drug conspiracy case spanning from California to Mexico to a pair of small businesses in Cincinnati.

According to a federal indictment, Tri-State Jewelers on Race Street and Nationwide Automotive Group on Vine Street used nondescript storefronts to launder, package and move cash for a nationwide network of drug traffickers.

The suspects had been involved for years in the sale of fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, according to the indictment. Arresting all of them took a week.

"This is a long-term investigation," Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Brian McNeal said Tuesday night. "To seize that much cocaine that’s made its way into southern Ohio is a huge deal and speaks to the level of (the traffickers') organization to bring that much cocaine into this region.”

In a series of raids, government agencies seized more than half a million dollars in cash, 19 pounds of fentanyl, three pounds of heroin, 100 pounds of cocaine, 42 pounds of meth, 47 weapons, 12 vehicles, the inventory of the jewelry store, jewelry belonging to the defendants and various properties, all valued at approximately $1.1 million.

"Those are huge numbers, and to get it off the street is a big win for many people," McNeal said. "To pull 19 pounds of fentanyl off the streets in any region is a huge deal, not just Cincinnati."

Officials said they believe proceeds from their drug sales bought over $2.5 million in jewelry and cars between December 2018 and July 2019. Officials also think over $800,000 was laundered through Nationwide Automotive between November 2018 and April 2019. It is believed the defendants laundered at least $3.3 million total.

The indictment said two additional "drug premises" on Prosser and Glenmore avenues were also under the defendants' control.

The full list of defendants is below:

Jose Daniel Zazueta-Hernandez, aka Jesus Bojorquez, aka Dany
40
Wisconsin
Derrick Bryant
39
Cincinnati
Daniel Simons
45
Hamilton
William F. Graham, III
52
Cincinnati
Carlos Flores-Inzunza
31
Sinaloa, Mexico
Jose Toquillas-Felix
32
Cincinnati
Lashone Isom
42
Cincinnati
Maurice Jackson
50
Hamilton
Daniel Montez Blaine
50
Cincinnati
Francisco Casique
24
California
Raymond James Edwards, Jr.
53
Cincinnati
Christopher Engle
48
Cincinnati
Radee Garrett
39
Cincinnati
Carl Rena Gilbert
60
Cincinnati
Cardale A. Goens
32
Cincinnati
Ayman Anis Al Hajjeh
27
Wisconsin
Xingui Lin
39
Chicago
Frances Alexia Mercado
24
Atlanta
Kymyatta Oatis
50
Cincinnati
Ernesto Rincon
24
Wisconsin
Andre Robinson
37
Cincinnati
Joel Salcedo
23
Las Vegas
Robert Smith
60
Cincinnati
Christopher William Talley
36
Cincinnati
Donald Thompson
41
Cincinnati
Vilma Vidal-Flores
47
Las Vegas
Harold Lamar Walker
41
Cincinnati
Stefan Walker
42
Cincinnati
Min Wang
32
Chicago
Nicholas White
41
Cincinnati
Brandon Terrell Willis
43
Cincinnati
Maurice Ringwood
45
Cincinnati
Ivan Courtney Johnson
39
Cincinnati
Vyacheslav Minyalo, aka Slavik
46
Cincinnati
Dewayne Lamont Walker
47
Cincinnati
Yosi Ilouz
42
Mason
Brady Cunningham
53
Cincinnati

Agents and officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the DEA, the Internal Revenue Service, Homeland Security, the United States Marshals and various Ohio and Kentucky law enforcement agencies were involved in the investigation and arrests.