3 charged after 80 kilos of cocaine seized from Dayton used car dealer

Three men face federal drug trafficking charges after law enforcement officers seized nearly 80 kilograms of cocaine from a Dayton used car dealership one of them co-owns.

Jerry Timothy Vaughn Jr., 40 and David Scott, 41, both of Dayton, are charged with narcotics conspiracy, distribution of a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, according to a release from the office of United States Attorney David M. DeVillers of the Southern District of Ohio.

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A Cincinnati man, 47-year-old Shannon Jamar Higgins Sr., pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, the DOJ stated.

Drug Enforcement Administration agents and Cincinnati police investigating cocaine trafficking in Cincinnati determined that Higgins was traveling to Luxury Sports Auto Sales, 5360 W. Third St. in Jefferson Twp. near Dayton to purchase cocaine from Vaughn and Scott, who is the co-owner of the dealership, according to court documents.

Investigators seized approximately 79,970 grams of cocaine in a metal cylinder in January from the car dealership. A search of Vaughn’s residences also turned up cash, more cocaine and a firearm, according to the release.

Narcotics conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine is punishable by up to 40 years in prison. Distribution of a controlled substance is punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment and possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine is punishable by 10 years up to life in prison, the DOJ stated.

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