Eleven People Indicted in Connection with an Ohio Drug Ring
Ohio Man Ran International Drug and Money Laundering Ring from Prison
A total of 11 individuals, including seven from Ohio, have been indicted for their alleged involvement in international drug trafficking and money laundering organizations, according to the Department of Justice.
The investigation, which was carried out by law enforcement agencies, revealed that Brian Lumbus, while in the custody of the Ohio Penitentiary, spearheaded an extensive drug trafficking operation that smuggled fentanyl and other drugs into the United States. The drugs were ordered from Giancarlo Miserotti of Italy, who coordinated their exportation from various foreign countries to the United States.
Six other Ohioans have been charged for their alleged participation in Lumbus' organization. They include Brianna Lumbus, 22, of Cleveland, Ohio; Kayla S. Goudlock, 25, of North Royalton, Ohio; Latasha Harris, 40, of Toledo, Ohio; Marchello Lumbus, also known as Chello, 42, of Cleveland, Ohio; Jessica Cochran, 28, of Lorain, Ohio; and Braisia Lumbus, 23, of Cleveland, Ohio. Additionally, three individuals residing in Tennessee and Italy have also been charged.
The charges against the defendants are extensive and include intent to distribute controlled substances, international money laundering, and using a communications facility to facilitate a felony drug offense. Prosecutors suspect that some individuals involved in the operation used cryptocurrency to pay Miserotti for the illicit drugs.
The Department of Justice emphasized its commitment to combating international drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. The indictment of these eleven individuals is a significant step towards dismantling such networks and holding accountable those responsible for endangering communities.
Authorities are actively working on this case, and further updates will be provided as new information becomes available. The investigation into the extent of the operation, its reach, and potential consequences is ongoing.
The charges and subsequent indictment serve as a reminder of the relentless efforts undertaken by law enforcement agencies to combat drug trafficking and money laundering. These criminal activities not only harm individuals but also have severe implications for public health and safety.
As the investigation progresses, law enforcement agencies will continue to collaborate to ensure a comprehensive response to dismantling these criminal networks.