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The four high-profile events over the past six weeks don’t appear to be inter-linked, authorities said. They include:
On March 27, four men were arrested after a four-month investigation by the Montgomery County RANGE Task Force. Those men are accused of selling heroin to as many as 100 people daily in parking lots.
On April 4, Jermaine C. Coleman, Jr., 20, of Dayton was fatally shot at the Beverage Palace on Kingsridge Drive during an undercover FBI investigation. Two other men were arrested. The investigation was not related to the business, which is a block south of the mall, authorities said.
On April 15, Phillip Lane II, 23, and Erik Sanford, 24, both of Dayton, were killed when their speeding car crossed the center line on Ohio 741 and hit another vehicle at the Moraine-West Carrollton limits. The two were fleeing Miami Twp. police at the time, and Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer said Sanford had been identified as a member of the Dayton View Hustlers street gang, which has been identified by police as a major source of heroin sales in the region.
On April 23, two employees at a detail shop at Matt Castrucci Automall were arrested after another RANGE Task Force investigation. One of those men, Reginald A. Colvard, 40, of Cincinnati, has a history of drug-related convictions and has served time in federal prison.