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DAYTON, Ohio --
Federal investigators announced Tuesday that federal criminal complaints were filed against the following individuals who are alleged to have operated a narcotics trafficking ring in the Dayton Area.
The charges follow a joint investigation by the FBI, Dayton Police, Montgomery County Sheriff, Trotwood Police, U.S. Marshals Office and U.S. Attorney Gregory Lockhart as part of the Dayton Safe Streets Task Force.
Those who were charged were:
Mark L. Adams, age 22, Clayton and Harrison Township. Benjamin Vaughn, age 21, Clayton. Bryan K. Johnson, age 21, Clayton. Jayson J. Jones, age 22, Harrison Township. Talbert Grooms, Jr., age 24, Trotwood and Springfield. Joseph F. Smith, age 18, Dayton. Kenneth Vaughn, age 23, Atlanta, Georgia. Gregory Siler, age 22. Ronald Werts, age 51, Miamisburg. Craig L. Sumerlin, age 21, Kettering. Jerome J. Hill, age 23. Chris Hill, age 31, Dayton. Reginald L. Pugh, Jr., age 20, Dayton.
Federal and local authorities arrested eight of the above individuals early Tuesday morning. Siler was already in custody on other charges, police said.
Investigators said Grooms, Smith, Sumerlin and Chris Hill remain at large. Anyone with information about their whereabouts are asked to call the FBI, U.S. Marshals or their local law enforcement agency.
Police said all 13 suspects are suspected members of the alleged "Diamond Cut" gang in Dayton.
Federal search warrants were executed at 10 homes in Dayton, Trotwood, Clayton, Harrison Township and Kettering. Federal seizure warrants have been obtained for 10 vehicles.
All of the mentioned names have been charged with single violations of conspiracy to distribute cocaine base in excess of 50 grams and conspiracy to distribute heroin.
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