“It was part of the conspiracy that the defendants and others used stash houses to store fentanyl mixtures, narcotics processing and package materials and monies obtained through illegal sale of controlled substances … in order to avoid detection,” according U.S. District Court documents.
“As part of the conspiracy (the defendants) used cellular telephones to facilitate their illegal drug business, that they spoke in code or veiled reference to narcotics business while using cellular telephones.”
The police presence in Springboro is connected to the six-month Middletown drug ring investigation, Warren County Sheriff???s Maj. Steve Arrasmith said.
The suspects purchased, borrowed and rented cars in order to facilitate the illegal business and carried firearms to carry out the business but also “intimidate rival drug dealers and to punish anyone who stood in the way of their conspiracy,” according to the indictment.
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In the indictment, which is the result of a multi-agency, joint investigation, 44 alleged acts from Oct 14, 2018 to May 6, 2019 are outlined. Most allege drug dealing and collection of money owed to the operation. But on two occasions, Edwards and Conley talked about a murder for hire and getting people “knocked the (expletive) off for stepping in my lane,” according to the documents.
In federal court documents filed May 2 for the arrest of Edwards and Conley, investigators outlined “hits” the duo was allegedly connected to.
Conley and Edwards “provided money on different occasions over the last few years for ‘hits’ to be placed on (four men),” the court document states.
Two of the people named were shot to death, one was arrested and is in jail and the other was shot but survived.
In April, an unnamed person told investigators Edwards offered him $60,000 cash to “shoot up” a Middletown police officer’s police car as retribution for the officer being involved in numerous traffic stops of vehicles containing “ALL STATE” members, according to the court document.
There are no charges currently against any of the defendants for murder of any killings.
The Middletown Division of Police and federal and local partners ask that anyone with information on the whereabouts of the above wanted persons or other drug dealers call 513-425-7701 or 513-425-7749.
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