big heroin trafficking ring has been busted in the Cleveland area, resulting in
32 people facing criminal charges.
Cleveland men – Derek A. Warner, 20, Willie James Lavel Dunning, 29, and Nassor
M. Williams, 28 – have been indicted in federal court multiple counts of
distribution of heroin. Warner and Dunning also face charges of being felons in
possession of firearms.
29 suspects have been indicted on trafficking-related charges in Cuyahoga
County Common Pleas Court. Some of the suspects, including some still at large,
are affiliated with the Lakeshore Boyz street gang, according to officials.
Officials say they operated mostly on Cleveland's far northeast side and in
of the sales targeted took place within 1,000 feet of a school, which adds to
the severity of the charges.
from the Cleveland Division of the FBI, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor
Timothy McGinty said: "These are the retailers of death and destruction to
neighborhoods and families. Everyone will be better off with them in prison."