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Police: 4 drug suspects have ties to Chicago

Updated: Monday, December 2 2013, 03:25 PM EST

By: NEWS9 and Jennifer Black
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio --

Officials said four suspects arrested over the past several days and accused of trafficking heroin in Jefferson County all have ties to Chicago.

Sheriff Fred Abdalla said more arrests could be forthcoming and authorities continue to investigate, and Prosecutor Jane Hamlin said the lengthy investigation and resulting arrests of those with ties to Chicago are crucial.

"They're not coming to get jobs. They're not coming to add anything positive to the community. They're coming here to traffic heroin and to profit off the addicts who can't help the addiction that they have to that drug," Hanlin said.

Officials with the Jefferson County Drug Force said three people were arrested after a lengthy investigation into the alleged heroin distribution in the Jefferson County area.

Thursday, Calvin Bryant was arrested after officers confirmed he was traveling from the Chicago area to Jefferson County with a "significant amount of heroin." Officials said about 50 grams of heroin was recovered as a result of that arrest. Bryant is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday in Toronto.

On Sunday afternoon, members of the Jefferson County Drug Force, along with assisting officers from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, the Steubenville Police Department and the Toronto Police Department, executed three separate search warrants.

The first warrant was executed at an apartment on Sunset Boulevard in Steubenville. There, officers recovered approximately 20 grams of heroin, $4,000 and one handgun.

Kinlawyed Hendrix, of Chicago, was subsequently arrested in Weirton and charged with a second-degree felony of heroin possession, along with weapons charges for having a weapon as a convicted felon.

The second warrant was executed at a Kendall Avenue apartment in Steubenville where officers discovered $1,800 and drug paraphernalia.

There, Charles Lofton, formerly of Chicago, was arrested on one charge of drug trafficking, which is a fifth-degree felony, in connection with alleged crimes involving heroin.

Lofton appeared in Steubenville Municipal Court on Monday for his arraignment and his bond was set at $20,000. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 10. If convicted, he faces up to 1 year in jail and a $1,500 fine.

The final warrant was executed on Madison Avenue in Toronto, where officers seized $1,500, a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica and drug paraphernalia.

Joseph Dennis, formerly of Chicago, was arrested at the home. On Monday, Dennis was charged with possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering children. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday in Toronto.

Abdalla said charges are expected to be filed against a woman who was also in the Madison Avenue home with Dennis. The sheriff said an 8-year-old child was in the house at the time of Dennis' arrest and marijuana was found in the home.

Officials from the Jefferson County Drug Task Force said the arrests stem from a several month state and federal investigation primarily focused on the heroin traffic from Chicago to Jefferson County. The Jefferson County Drug Task Force was assisted by officers from the Steubenville Police Department, DEA, Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug Task Force, and officers from the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force.

Hanlin said the Jefferson County Grand Jury is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, and the cases will likely not go before the grand jury until February.

Task force officials also said that both state and federal prosecution of the suspects is likely.

Detective Jason Hanlin of the Jefferson County Drug Task Force, said in a news release, "These arrests are the result of collaborative efforts between state and federal agencies, which is crucial to the successful investigation and prosecution of drug traffickers in the heroin trade. Pending charges will be presented to the Jefferson County Prosecutor's Office and the appropriate federal authorities. The investigation into the heroin trade in Jefferson County continues."

Police: 4 drug suspects have ties to Chicago


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