11 accused of involvement in sale of cocaine around Mahoning Valley

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Eleven people from the Mahoning Valley are charged with being involved in distributing cocaine in the Youngstown area. 

Named in a 45-count indictment are:

— Robert Taylor, 58, of Youngstown

— Raymond L. Rue, 39, of Liberty

— Sadiya Az-Zahra Sow, aka Tina Robinson, 47, of Youngstown

— Daniel M. Ortello, Jr., 30, of Niles

— Terrell D. Green, 46, of Youngstown

— Dewon R. Dawson, 35, of Youngstown

— Darrell Dawson, 46, of Youngstown

— Bradley E. Weitzel, 61, of Butler, Pennsylvania

All eight people are charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine. Taylor and Dewon Dawson also face firearms charges.

The indictment alleges that the defendants conspired to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine in the Youngstown area. This happened from August 2017 through June 2018, according to the indictment. 

Prosecutors say Taylor supplied cocaine to Sow, Rue, Ortello and Green for distribution in the Youngstown area. Sow supplied cocaine to the Dawsons and Weitzel for distribution in Youngstown and western Pennsylvania, according to the indictment. 

Rue and Dewon Dawson cooked powder cocaine into crack cocaine, according to the indictment.

In a separate four-count indictment, Robin Rutledge, 48, of Youngstown, was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana, as well as firearms crimes.

Another 26-count indictment charges Nicki L. Warfield, 42, of Warren, John Weaver, Jr., 62, of  Warren, and the aforementioned Sadiya Az-Zahra Sow with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine.

Warfield, Weaver and Sow conspired to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine in the Warren and Youngstown areas between December 2017 through May 2018, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors are seeking to forfeit approximately 22 firearms, ammunition and $258,324 seized as part of these investigations, according to court documents.

“These defendants are accused of bringing large amounts of cocaine into the Mahoning Valley, which they sold for profit,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said. “Taking this group off the street, along with the dozens of firearms associated with them, will make Youngstown, Warren and the entire region safer.”

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