16 convicted in joint federal and state drug trafficking investigation in Jefferson County


An ongoing investigation in Steubenville, Ohio leads to the conviction of 16 individuals for their roles in a heroin connection between Chicago and Steubenville.

More than $30,000 in drug proceeds and ten firearms were seized and forfeited in the investigation.

Leaders of the drug organization ultimately admitted responsibility for distributing as much as 30 kilograms of heroin in the Steubenville area during an approximate two-year period.

Kinlawyed Hendrix, 27, Robert L. Simmons Jr., 19, Jessie O. Birden, 21, Berryon F. Moore III, 25, Sean Loveless, 29, of Steubenville; Calvin D. Bryant, 26, of Canton; Joseph L. Dennis, 30, of Toronto, Ohio; Steven James, 36, Kyle M. Irvin, 30, and Charles H. Thompson, 28, of Chicago are all convicted of federal charges for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin.

Rashann D. Mukes, 28, Harry E. Stackhouse, 25, Robert Jackson, 32, of Steubenville; Frederick L. McGowan, 39, of Madison, Wisconsin; Jacari Benson, 30, of Weirton; and Lavinia Hearon, 29, of Chicago are convicted of state charges related to drug trafficking and tampering with evidence.

Conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin is a federal crime punishable by ten-years to up to life in prison. Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime carries a maximum federal sentence of up to 40-years in prison. 

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