Cuyahoga County

Indictments target major cocaine dealer and his customers

November 7, 2013

CLEVELAND – A series of seven indictments has targeted a major cocaine dealer in the eastern suburbs and more than 70 of his customers, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced today.

Darien Smith, 29, of Willoughby, is the focus of the indictments and of the joint investigation by federal and local law enforcement agencies behind them.

He has been charged by a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury with 244 counts of Drug Trafficking and 122 counts of Drug Possession between May and October of this year. Smith was arrested in Lake County last month on first-degree felony Drug Possession charges with major drug offense and gun specifications. That case has now been bound over to Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

Smith was arraigned today in Cuyahoga County and his bond was set at $200,000. His cases have been assigned to Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge John P. O’Donnell.

The indictments filed Wednesday afternoon also charged 72 of Smith customers, almost all of them residents of East Side suburbs in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties, with a total of 828 counts. The vast majority of the charges are for possession of cocaine, although 12 of the defendants also face at least one count of Drug Trafficking. Most of the sales by Smith and others described in the seven indictments took place in Cuyahoga County’s Hillcrest area suburbs.

Officers from the Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force, the Suburban Police Anticrime Network (SPAN), the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Narcotics and the Cleveland Heights Police Department used controlled buys and surveillance to build the case against Smith and his customers.

Contact: Joseph Frolik, Director of Communications and Public Policy. Phone: (216) 443-7488 or Cell: (216) 640-6186

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