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39 Indicted In Ongoing Marion Drug Trafficking Investigation

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More than three dozen people are now facing charges as a result of a large-scale investigation focusing on drug trafficking and possession in Marion. More than three dozen people are now facing charges as a result of a large-scale investigation focusing on drug trafficking and possession in Marion.
MARION, Ohio - More than three dozen people are now facing charges as a result of a large-scale investigation focusing on drug trafficking and possession in Marion.

According to the Ohio Attorney General's Office, 39 people were indicted on a total of 125 felony and misdemeanor charges last week.

SLIDESHOW: Operation Buyers Remorse Round-Up

The indictments were unsealed Thursday and primarily involve the sale or possession of heroin, cocaine, and prescription drugs such as Percocet, Vicodin and Xanax.

The charges follow the February indictments of 19 other suspects who are facing federal charges in connection with the investigation.

Investigators served arrest warrants Thursday as part of "Operation Buyers' Remorse."

Investigators began investigating the suspects after an influx of drugs started coming into the community from Detroit and Fort Wayne, Ind.  

The investigation involved electronic surveillance which assisted in both the federal and state indictments.

The following suspects were charged in Marion County Common Pleas Court:

Douglas Armstrong, 41, Marion
  • Possession of Cocaine (2)
  • Attempted Possession of Cocaine
  • Attempted Possession of Drugs (Vicodin)
  • Attempted Possession of Drugs (Percocet)
Robert Beaver, 35, Marion
  • Possession of Cocaine
Jessica Binau, 37, Marion
  • Possession of Cocaine
  • Attempted Possession of Drugs (Vicodin)
DeShawn Bogan, 22, Marion
  • Trafficking in Cocaine
Nicholas Bollinger, 24, Marion
  • Aggravated Possession of Drugs (Percocet) (2)
  • Possession of Cocaine
William Cumston, 26, Marion
  • Insurance Fraud (2)
  • Tampering with Evidence
  • Obstructing Justice
  • Obstructing Official Business
Edward Dickerson, 35, Marion
  • Possession of Heroin
  • Attempted Possession of Cocaine
Nicole Dunn, 29, Marion
  • Possession of Drugs (Vicodin)
  • Possession of Drugs (Oxycodone)
  • Possession of Cocaine
  • Trafficking in Cocaine
Melody Erwin, 25, Marion
  • Possession of Cocaine
Brittany Faunce, 24, Marion
  • Possession of Drugs (Percocet)
  • Trafficking in Drugs (Percocet)
  • Possession of Cocaine (2)
Ray Ferguson, 38, Carey
  • Trafficking in Cocaine
  • Possession of Cocaine (4)
Russell Fetter, 23, Morral
  • Possession of Heroin (2)
April Forrider, 23, Marion
  • Possession of Cocaine (3)
Cecil Frazier III, 27, Galion
  • Aggravated Possession of Drugs (Percocet)
Kimberly Gandee, 46, Marion
  • Possession of Drugs (Xanax)
  • Trafficking in Drugs (Xanax)
Brian Gibson, 25, Marion
  • Possession of Cocaine
  • Attempted Aggravated Possession of Drugs (Percocet)
  • Conspiracy Aggravated Possession of Drugs (Percocet)
Andrew Greenwood, 27, Larue
  • Possession of Drugs (Percocet) (5)
  • Possession of Heroin
Jeremiah Haile, 37, Marion
  • Possession of Drugs (Percocet) (3)
  • Possession of Heroin
Jennifer Hempy, 29, Marion
  • Possession of Heroin
  • Conspiracy to Possess Heroin
  • Possession of Cocaine (4)
  • Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (4)
  • Possession of Drugs (Vicodin)
  • Attempted Possession of Drugs (Vicodin)
  • Possession of Drugs (Xanax) (2)
  • Attempted Possession of Drugs (Xanax) (3)
Kelly Holtz, 50, Marion
  • Conspiracy to Possess Heroin
  • Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine (3)
  • Possession of Cocaine
Caleb Kelley, 23, New Bloomington
  • Conspiracy to Possess Heroin
  • Conspiracy to Aggravated Possession of Drugs (Percocet) (2)
  • Possession of Heroin
  • Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine
Stephanie Lane, 26, Marion
  • Trafficking in Cocaine
  • Conspiracy to Aggravated Possession of Drugs (Percocet)
Name Withheld Pending Arrest
  • Trafficking in Heroin
James Lee, 35, Marion
  • Possession of Heroin (2)
  • Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine
Dean McCurdy Jr., 24, Marion
  • Possession of Heroin
  • Aggravated Possession of Drugs (Percocet) (2)
Christin McKenzie, 21, Morral
  • Possession of Heroin (2)
Shonda Medley, 26, Marion
  • Aggravated Possession of Drugs (Percocet) (2)
Meranda Miller, 21, Marion
  • Possession of Heroin
Kelly Morgan, 44, Carey
  • Possession of Heroin (2)
  • Conspiracy to Possess Heroin
David Owen, 23, Marion
  • Possession of Heroin (2)
  • Aggravated Possession of Drugs (Percocet)
Nathan Patton, 26, Marion
  • Obstructing Justice (2)
  • Tampering with Evidence
Greg Saunders, 45, Marion
  • Possession of Heroin
Shawn Simpkins, 37, Marion
  • Possession of Cocaine (2)
  • Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine
  • Christopher Tackett, 29, Marion
  • Possession of Heroin
Laura Temple, 40, Marion
  • Possession of Cocaine
  • Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine
Jordan Ute, 20, Prospect
  • Trafficking in Drugs (Percocet) (3)
  • Possession of Drugs (Percocet) (3)
Ralph Vaughn II, 25, Marion
  • Attempted Possession of Drugs (Xanax)
  • Possession of Cocaine
Ashlee Winger, 28, Marion
  • Trafficking in Drugs (Percocet)
  • Aggravated Possession of Drugs (Percocet)
Name Withheld Pending Arrest
  • Trafficking in Heroin
  • Trafficking in Cocaine
  • Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs (Oxycodone)
  • Aggravated Possession of Drugs (Oxycodone)
The following suspects were charged in Marion Municipal Court:

Brittany Saunders, 19, Marion
  • Possession of Drugs (Xanax)
  • Attempted Possession of Drugs (Xanax)
Timothy White, 45, Carey
  • Conspiracy to Possession of Cocaine (5)
  • Conspiracy to Possess Drugs (Percocet)
  • Attempted Possession of Drugs (Percocet)
Daphane Wilson, 34, Marion
  • Conspiracy to Possession of Heroin
  • Attempted Possession of Drugs (Xanax)
  • Attempted Possession of Drugs (2)
Rick Conley, 35, Marion
  • Conspiracy to Possess Heroin (2)
  • Attempted Possession of Heroin (2)
Dawn Sullivan, 46, Greencamp
  • Attempted Possession of Drugs (Vicodin) (2)
In addition to the FBI, Marion Police Department and Marion County Sheriff's Office, authorities with the MARMET Drug Task Force, METRICH Drug Task Force, Ohio Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Ohio Highway Patrol, and United States Drug Enforcement Administration assisted in the investigation.

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