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21 Charged In Connection With Drug Trafficking Operation

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Twenty-one people were indicted Wednesday in connection with a year-long investigation into an alleged drug trafficking operation in Central Ohio.

The 78-count indictment was handed down as a result of what is being called Operation Get Shorty, charging 21 people with conspiracy, drug trafficking, and gun crimes.

Law enforcement agents spent Wednesday morning attempting to locate and arrests the suspects. Sixteen suspects were taken into custody, but authorities are still searching for the remaining five, along with the man suspected of being the ring leader of the Short North Posse.

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The indictment charges the suspects with conspiring to distribute cocaine, oxycodone, crack cocaine, and marijuana.

  1. Jermonte M. Fletcher, 31, of Columbus
  2. Antonio M. Harris, 28, of Columbus
  3. Freddie K. Johnson Jr., 27, of Columbus
  4. Marvin M. Dean Spencer, 32, of Columbus
  5. Byron J. Truss, 32, of Columbus
  6. Wayne C. Coffman, 26, of Columbus
  7. Timothy M. Green, 34, of Columbus
  8. Asia D. Williams, 29, of Columbus
  9. Wayne C. Hamler, 29, of Bexley
  10. China M. Hester, 31, of Bexley
  11. Latasha R. Madison, 29, of Columbus
  12. Alanna S. Poore, 29, of Canal Winchester
  13. Asia A. McCall, 18, of Columbus
  14. Lutricia D. Fletcher-Rippy, 53, of Columbus
  15. Dwayne A. Stewart, 29, of Columbus
  16. Jason N. Barns, 26, of East Liverpool
  17. Byron L. Banks Jr., 21, of Columbus
  18. Joel J. Brown, 26, of Columbus
  19. Gary R. Martin II, 39, of Sarah Ann, W. Va.
  20. Lisa B. Martin, 39, of Sarah Ann. W. Va.
  21. Derrick A. Browning, 30, of Sarah Ann, W. Va.

The indictment also charges various defendants with possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking, possession of firearms by convicted felons, interstate travel to support racketeering enterprises and money laundering.

Officials said Daquan M. Tyson, 35, of Columbus, is also charged in a separate eight-count indictment.

No other details were released, but NBC4 will update as we learn new information.

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