Two Face Drug Charges Following Seizure of More than
$300,000 in Heroin
Ohio)— Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Allen County Sheriff Samuel Crish,
Lima Police Chief Kevin Martin, and Allen County Prosecutor Juergen Waldick
announced today that two Allen County residents are facing multiple charges
following what local investigators call one of the largest heroin seizures in
Allen County history.
Marvin Thomas, 45, and Anthony
Duvernay, 39, both of Lima, were arrested by members of the Lima Allen
County Interdiction Task Force earlier this month, after an ongoing
heroin trafficking investigation uncovered two kilos of heroin with an
estimated street value of $330,000. Investigators believe the pair were
involved in bringing the drugs into Ohio from out of state to distribute
A special Allen County grand jury on Friday indicted both
suspects on charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, trafficking
in heroin, possession of heroin, and illegal manufacture of drugs,
with several of the charges carrying major drug offender and forfeiture
specifications. Thomas is also facing an additional charge of having weapons
while under disability.
The Lima Allen County Interdiction Task Force, which is made up
of officers with the Allen County Sheriff's Office and Lima Police
Department, was created last year as part of the Ohio Attorney
General's Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission (OOCIC) in
an effort to stop the flow of heroin and other drugs along I-75 through Allen
County. The task force is funded by more than $500,000 in grants issued
as part of the Ohio Attorney General's Safe Neighborhoods Initiative.
"Those who choose to bring heroin into Ohio's communities
are taking a great risk because investigators on task forces like the Lima
Allen County Interdiction Task Force are watching," said Attorney
General DeWine. "Investigators across the state are working hard to
confiscate heroin, keep it away from those suffering from addiction, and hold
traffickers accountable for their crimes."
"Heroin is both illegal and extremely dangerous. The
seizure of this massive quantity of heroin demonstrates what can be achieved
by multiple law enforcement agencies working together," said Allen
County Sheriff Samuel Crish. "This seizure is a win for local law
enforcement and a win for the people of Allen County. The Allen County
Sheriff’s Office will continue to devote every available resource to this
ongoing fight against drug trafficking in our community."
"This very large seizure of heroin kept this incredibly
dangerous drug from reaching the streets of our community, where it would
have very likely resulted in the deaths of many people," said Lima
Police Chief Kevin Martin. "This seizure would not have been
possible without the cooperative efforts of multiple law enforcement
agencies. The cooperation and collaboration of the officers from the
various agencies serves as an example to everyone and demonstrates what can
be accomplished when we work together."
"Over the last year we have seen an incredible increase in
heroin abuse. That abuse has caused a historic upswing in theft offenses,
home invasions as well as tragic loss of life. Recently our multi-agency task
force was able to intercept a very large quantity of heroin bound for the
streets of our community. The seizure was made possible through the tireless
efforts and dedication of the members of the task force. They should be
commended for a job well done," said Allen County Prosecutor Juergen Waldick.
The case is still under investigation, and authorities
anticipate additional indictments and arrests in connection with the case in
the future. Prosecutors with the Allen County Prosecutor's Office will
prosecute the case.
Authorities with the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force, Ohio
State Highway Patrol, and Federal Bureau of Investigation assisted with the
Established in 1986, the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations
Commission assists local law enforcement agencies in combating organized
crime and corrupt activities. The commission is comprised of members of
the law enforcement community and is chaired by the Ohio Attorney General.
In 2014, authorities working in OOCIC task forces across the
state seized more than $23 million worth of drugs and more than $5 million in
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