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Akron: Indictments filed for heroin trafficking, overdose death

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20 people were indicted for their roles in a conspiracy that brought heroin and other drugs to Akron, and an Akron man was charged with providing heroin that resulted in an overdose death.

The indictment includes a death specification enhancement against Garland V. Phelps, Jr. The indictment alleges that a person fatally overdosed on Dec. 25, 2012, on heroin distributed by Phelps. 

18 Akron residents were charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin. Two other people, also of Akron, were indicted on related charges.

The indictment describes a conspiracy that took place from 2011 through 2014, in which heroin was brought to Akron from Atlanta, Chicago and other cities. It also details discussions between some conspirators about shooting, robbing and killing rival drug dealers and discussions about killing people they suspected of being informants to law enforcement.

The following individuals were indicted:

Garland V. Phelps Jr., aka "Felix" 36

Alonzo B. Sykes 33

Willie L. Sanders Jr. 27

Larry P. Dorsey 27

James M. Porter 24

Larry L. Sullivan Jr. 42

Brian A. Proctor 35

Cortez L. Davis 28

Matt E. Shocklee 56

Aaron S. Farrey 31

Garland J. Thompson, aka "Chill" 27

Antonio V. Dorman 24

Tramontay D. McWain 27

Jermaine D. Freeman 41

Antonia D. Easter 24

William D. Robinson 27

Denay M. Webb 29

Michaelas F. King 35

Quinntin R. Chatman 35

Marcus D. Mitchell 42

All of the defendants, with the exception of Quinntin R. Chatman and Marcus D. Mitchell, are charged in Count 1 with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute heroin.

In Counts 2-17, various defendants are charged with substantive distributions of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and crack cocaine.

Phelps obtained multi-ounce and larger quantities of heroin from various suppliers, including Sykes, Sanders and a person identified only as Conspirator 1. Phelps, Sykes and Sanders distributed the heroin to various dealers, including Dorsey, Porter, Sullivan, Proctor, Davis, Shocklee, Thompson, Dorman, McWain, Easter, Robinson and King, according to the indictment.

If convicted, the defendant's sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant's prior criminal record, if any, the defendant's role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

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