OVERTOWN

10 face U.S. drug charges

 

Miami Herald Staff Report

Ten Overtown defendants were indicted on drug conspiracy and distribution charges for their alleged participation in various heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana distribution conspiracies.

The 21-count indictment, returned on Tuesday and unsealed Thursday, charged the defendants with conspiracy to possess controlled substances with the intent to distribute; and possession of controlled substances with the intent to distribute.

The indictment charged the following: Mark Brown, 29; Anthony Donnell Mcclain, 29; Omar Abdul Lewis, 39; Oliver Salguero, 24; Gregory Timothy Robinson, 27; Eldridge Raynard White, Jr., 23; Edward Keith Mcclain, 23; Javon Jones, 29; John Jones, Jr., 22, and Marcus Marcell Brown, 23.

If convicted, the defendants face a possible maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.

The indictment is mostly the result of the Overtown Violence Reduction Partnership, launched by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in October 2011.

Through this partnership, the U.S. attorney’s office and its federal and local law enforcement allies have sought to dismantle the most violent criminal networks in the Overtown neighborhood while working with community leaders and citizens to mentor at-risk youths, provide jobs and job training to young families, and help probationers and parolees successfully re-enter society.

The year-long, multi-agency investigation into Brown’s alleged drug trafficking network was the result of investigative efforts of five different law enforcement agencies, including the DEA, the FBI, ATF, the Miami Police Department and the Sunrise Police Department. Those separate investigations were merged into a single operation under the auspices of the USAO’s Overtown Violence Reduction Partnership, resulting in Thursday’s charges.

U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer commended the efforts of the five enforcement agencies.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Roy Altman.

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