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Fourteen Drug Trafficking Arrests Made in Steubenville

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Fourteen people, including some local residents, were arrested on drug trafficking charges on Friday after an investigation in Steubenville.

The investigation was conducted by federal, state and local law enforcement in Steubenville and Jefferson County, led to the indictment of six people on federal drug trafficking and gun charges that are punishable by at least 15 years in prison. Eight others have been charged by a Jefferson County grand jury. 
 
Named in the federal indictment are:
        Kinlawyed Hendrix, aka "Lo", 27, of Steubenville
        Calvin D. Bryant Jr., aka "Gunz", 26, of Canton, Ohio
        Robert L. Simmons Jr., aka "Chase", 19, of Steubenville
        Jessie O. Birden, aka "J-Money", 21, of Steubenville
        Berryon F. Moore, III, aka "Pumpkin", 25, of Steubenville
        Joseph L. Dennis, 30, aka "JD," of Toronto, Ohio
 
The federal indictment charges the six defendants with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin, a crime punishable by at least ten years and up to life in prison. The indictment also charges all defendants except Dennis with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime. Hendrix is charged with two gun counts. That crime carries a punishment of at least five years and up to 40 years in prison, served consecutive to any time served for the heroin trafficking.
 
In a press release issued Friday, Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane M. Hanlin said, "This investigation is a primary example of the success that can be achieved through cooperation between local and federal law enforcement. These arrests mark a significant turning point in our ongoing battle against the heroin trade in our area."

In addition to those charged federally, Hanlin announced that a Jefferson County grand jury indicted the following individuals:
        Lavinia Hearon, 29, Chicago- Tampering with Evidence
        Jacari Benson, 30, Weirton - Trafficking in Heroin
        Frederick L. McGowan, 39, Madison WI - Possession of Heroin, Possession of Cocaine
        Robert Jackson, 32, Steubenville  - Trafficking in Heroin
        Harry E. Stackhouse, 25, Steubenville - Trafficking in Heroin
        Rashann D. Mukes, 28, Steubenville - Trafficking in Heroin in the presence of a Juvenile
        Kyle M. Irvin, 29, Chicago  - Trafficking in Heroin
        Charles Henry Thompson, 24, Chicago  - Trafficking in Heroin, Having a Weapon Under Disability

All federal defendants will appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Columbus who will determine whether or not to hold them without bond until trial.
 
Officials allege that the defendants transported more than 23 kilograms of heroin from Chicago for distribution in the Steubenville area over a two-year period.