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Alleged drug ring used violence to support operation

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Alleged drug ring used violence to support operation

Alleged drug ring used violence to support operation

Newly-unsealed court records detail how authorities allege a Middletown-based group going by the name "ALL STATE" sold highly addictive opioids and used violence to support the illegal enterprise.

Between October 2018 and May 2019, the group relied on revenue from the storage, production, distribution and transportation of heroin and fentanyl, according to the indictment.

They used stash houses and trap houses to store drugs, equipment and money, spoke in code and carried guns to intimidate rivals and "punish anyone who stood in their way," the indictment states.

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Alleged drug ring used violence to support operation

TONIGHT -- WE'RE LEARNING MOREABOUT A SUSPECTED MIDDLETOWNDRUG RING..

BUSTED EARLIERTHIS MONTH.NEWLY UNSEALEDCOURT RECORDS DETAIL HOWAUTHORITIES ALLEGE THEMIDDLETOWN BASED GROUP..

GOINGBY THE NAME 'ALL STATE'....SOLD DRUGS IN THE CITY.AT ONEPOINT POLICE TOLD 9 ON YOURSIDE..

THE RING COULD BERESPONSIBLE FOR SUPPLYING ASMUCH AS HALF THE DRUGS IN THE CICITY.9 ON YOUR SIDE ANCHORTANYA O'ROURKE JOINS US NOWWITH THE DETAILS FROM THEINDICTMENT.THAT'S RIGHT KRISTYN...ACCORDING TO THE INDICTMENT..BETWEEN OCTOBER 2018 AND MAY2019... THE GROUP RELIED ONREVENUE FROM THE STORAGE,PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION ANDTRANSPORTATION OF HEROIN ANDFENTANYL.'ALL STATE' ALLEGEDLY USEDSTASH HOUSES TO STORE DRUGS,EQUIPMENT, AND MONEY...SPOKEIN CODE... AND CARRIED GUNS TOINTIMIDATE RIVALS.A FEDERALGRAND JURY INDICTED SIX PEOPLEIN CONNECTION TO THE CASE...BENWAN EDWARDS, MARQUI CONLEY,JOSEPH SINGLETARY JUNIOR, WILLOWENS THE FIFTH, HAILEY MEEKS,AND TYRESE ROBINSON.ACCORDINGTO COURT RECORDS... BENWANEDWARDS AND MARQUI CONLEY WERECONSIDERED THE LEADERS..

WITHOTHERS SERVING ASDISTRIBUTORS, COURIERS ANDENFORCERS.AN F-B-I SPECIALAGENT'S AFFIDAVIT SAYS CONLEYAND EDWARDS PUT OUT HITS ONFOUR PEOPLE.ONE WAS ARRESTEDAND JAILED ON OTHER CHARGES..BUT OTHERS WERE SHOT..

AND TWOOF THEM DIED.THE SPECIAL AGENTALSO SAID EDWARDS OFFEREDSOMEONE 60-THOUSAND DOLLARS TOSHOOT UP A MIDDLETOWN POLICEOFFICER'S CAR AS RETRIBUTIONFOR TRAFFIC STOPS INVOLVING'ALL STATE' MEMBERS' VEHICLES.MIDDLETOWN POLICE HAVE SAIDTHEY BELIEVE THE GROUP IS TIEDDIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY TOTHREE HOMICIDES.9 ON YOUR SIDE WAS THERE ASLOCAL AND FEDERAL AUTHORITIESRAIDED SEVEN MIDDLETOWNADDRESSES..

PLUS OTHERS INDAYTON AND MIAMISBURG EARLIERTHIS MONTH.DRUGS, WEAPONS ANDMONEY WERE SEIZED.

EDWARDS,OWENS AND MEEKS ARE INCUSTODY...POLICE ARE STILLLOOKING FOR THE REMAININGSUSPECTS.ANYONE WITHINFORMATION ON THEIRWHEREABOUTS SHOULD C




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