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18 charged in Dayton-Portsmouth heroin ring


A federal grand jury has charged eight people from the Dayton area, nine people from Portsmouth and one from Lancaster with engaging in a two-year conspiracy to deliver heroin from Dayton to Portsmouth. The indictment alleges the group distributed the heroin out of seven Portsmouth locations including two motels.

All 18 people are charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin, a crime punishable by at least 10 years and up to life in prison.

As of mid-afternoon Thursday, four of those indicted were still at large, including Dayton-area residents Shawn Shank, 37, and Kendall Mabry, 29. The others at large are Portsmouth residents Darryl Smith, 25, and Brandon Jackson, 37.

The 29-count indictment charges members of the alleged conspiracy with other crimes including possession with intent to distribute heroin, distribution of heroin and maintaining a place for the purpose of distributing heroin. Each crime is punishable by a sentence ranging from probation to 20 years in prison.

If convicted of any of the crimes alleged in the indictment, the defendants must forfeit any money they received from the alleged conspiracy.

Besides Shank and Mabry, the Dayton-area residents charged are Michael Shank, 42, Stevie Parson, 44, Aaron Knolton, 24, Porscha Smith, 24, Vita Williams, 34, and Stephone McGhee, 36.

The Lancaster resident charged is Tara Loehner, 24, while the Portsmouth residents charged besides Smith and Jackson are Jackie Tupper, 20, Josh Walls, 33, Jerry Walls. 61, Conna Mounts, 55, Robert Garmany, 58, and Jeanette Jennings, 34.

A U.S. Prosecutor’s Office spokesman said Michael Shank and Parson were arrested Wednesday in Dayton while all the others arrested were apprehended Thursday in Portsmouth.

The indictment alleges a conspiracy to distribute heroin was active since at least Jan. 1, 2011. Shawn Shank and Michael Shank would distribute heroin to the other Dayton-area defendants to be filtered through the Portsmouth group, including a juvenile. Among the items the government seeks to seize include a 2004 Mercury Sable and 2004 Jaguar S-Type, both registered to Parson.

The defendants will appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Cincinnati who will determine whether or not they will be released on bond and schedule dates for future court appearances.

Neither Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer’s office nor the Cincinnati FBI office immediately responded to requests for comment.


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