5 with Dayton ties charged in multi-state drug ring

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Slain Dayton detective Del Rio took part in raids that led to bust.

Six people, including one Dayton resident and four Dayton natives, were arrested in connection to a narcotics conspiracy that brought bulk fentanyl and cocaine to Dayton, the U.S. Department of Justice reported.

Law enforcement officers seized narcotics, cash and firearms from the drug trafficking organization on multiple occasions, according to a DOJ release.

One included a Nov. 4, 2019, raid in the 1400 block of Ruskin Road in Dayton, during which Dayton detective Jorge Del Rio, also a DEA task force member, was shot and killed. The operation was renamed “Operation Never Forget.”

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Members of the conspiracy acquired bulk amounts of cocaine and fentanyl from suppliers in Los Angeles and Houston. They would then transport the drugs to Charlotte, N.C., where the drugs would be processed and repackaged for resale in southern Ohio and North Carolina, according to the indictment.

Local distributors reportedly purchased kilogram quantities of the drugs and thousands of unit dosages were distributed throughout southern Ohio. The indictment also states that members of the conspiracy collected hundreds of thousands in narcotics proceeds. The government seeks to forfeit more than $686,000 in cash seized during the investigation.

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Those arrested include Rauland Pollard III, 35, of Dayton; Roger Earl Walton Jr., of Concord N.C., formerly of Dayton; Shawn Dwayne Walton, 46, of Charlotte, N.C., formerly of Dayton; Noah Alexander Sherrill, 33, of Charlotte, N.C., formerly of Dayton; Glynn Sewell, 39, of Charlotte, N.C., formerly of Dayton; and Louis Walton, 22, of Charlotte, N.C.

They all are charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and fentanyl. If convicted, they face at least 10 years and up to life in prison.

The case is the result of the cooperative efforts of the DEA, led by the Dayton Resident Office and including DEA offices in Charlotte, N.C., Greensboro, N.C., Beaumont, Texas, Cincinnati, Detroit, Houston, Atlanta, Annandale, Va., and the Special Operations Division; as well as FBI and Buearu of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

These federal agencies worked closely with the Dayton, Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Beaumont police departments, and the Central Oklahoma Metro Interdiction Team, the release said.

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