Eight charged with trafficking 10 kilos of cocaine and other drugs in Lorain, Elyria and Cleveland
(STL.News) Federal law enforcement officials announced today that eight individuals were charged for their roles in a drug trafficking conspiracy that distributed at least 10 kilograms of cocaine and other drugs in the Lorain, Elyria and Cleveland areas. The charges were unsealed in two separate indictments. Seven defendants have been arrested and one, Mohammad HAMID, remains a fugitive.
“The cooperation between local and federal law enforcement has once again proven effective,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan. “Anyone alleged to be selling cocaine, heroin or any other illegal narcotics in Cleveland, Elyria or Lorain should expect a strong law enforcement response.”
“Yesterday’s enforcement operation was the culmination of an investigation that targeted narcotics-related crimes and drug trafficking in Lorain county,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Keith Martin. “The arrests of these individuals puts drug dealers on notice that we will use whatever resources necessary to remove them, and the poisons they peddle, from our communities.”
The first indictment charges Fernando TALAVERA, age 42, of Parma Heights, and Harlan PAGE, age 29, of Westlake, with conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.