Clarence Winn

Dayton rapper detained before trial on drug trafficking, gun charges

Judge goes against pretrial services report, orders Clarence ‘Chaos’ Winn, to remain incarcerated.

Dayton rapper Clarence “Chaos” Winn, aka CCSERVA, will remain in custody pending his federal trial on drug trafficking and gun charges.

U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice denied Winn’s motion for bond, going against a pretrial services report that said Winn’s deep ties to the community meant he could be out of jail without electronic monitoring.

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Winn’s effort to get out on bond included several letters to the judge, including one from Winn’s 10-year-old daughter: “I miss him picking me up from school and making me eggs in the morning,” she wrote. “I don’t completely understand what’s going on, but I really need my daddy.”

In his decision, Rice noted the six counts pending against Winn as part of a bigger conspiracy of trafficking in heroin and fentanyl along with carfentanil and acrylfentanyl — two more dangerous analogs of fentanyl.

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Rice wrote that a thorough reading of by the complaint and accompanied affidavit, arrest and search warrants and facts brought up in a detention hearing did not rebut the presumption for incarceration.

Online jail records indicated Winn is being housed in the Shelby County Jail. The deadline to submit pretrial motions has been pushed back until May 15. The speedy trial deadline is June 6, according to the case’s docket.

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Winn’s attorney, Jon Paul Rion, wrote in his motion for bond that Winn “is a devoted father, son, brother, and full time musician who is active in the community of Dayton” who serves “his community through efforts such as feeding the homeless and distributing personal items, toys and clothes to those in need.”

Letters supporting Winn were written by his fiance and mother of their daughter, his music manager Robin Mobley and others.

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“We believe, if given the chance, Clarence Winn could be a positive influence in the community,” Rion said Wednesday. “He’s addressed social issues in a positive fashion … he’s helped young people try to see their dreams. We’re hopeful, at one point, that the good deeds that Clarence has done in the past will assist him in this case.”

Police said Winn, his brother Larry Winn and Darrius Reynolds were arrested in March with four pounds of fentanyl, cash, guns and 10 “upscale” vehicles at search warrant raids at four locations in Dayton and Trotwood.

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The raid was conducted by the Regional Agencies Narcotics & Gun Enforcement (RANGE) Task Force along with an FBI SWAT team. The drugs seized have a street value of about $160,000, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer has said.

Winn is part of a group called Diamond Cut — an organization he contends is made up of musicians but that which law enforcement has called a gang. Other members of Diamond Cut have been prosecuted for federal drug-related crimes.

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