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6 indicted in local heroin trafficking conspiracy


Six people were indicted in a heroin trafficking conspiracy, including four Middletown residents.

Authorities say the following have been arrested and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin:


  • Starling Groves Jr, 43, Dayton
  • Darnell Jack South III, aka "Jack Black", 38, Middletown
  • Eric Redding, aka "Eric Page", 41, Middletown
  • Cheltzy Redding, 28, Middletown
  • Adam Gardner, 27, Middletown
  • Thomas Payne, aka "Tommy", 49, Lebanon


An investigation began in August 2012 when Middletown Police contacted the FBI after noticing a significant increase in heroin-related criminal activity in and around Middletown.

Groves, South and Eric Redding were charged with distributing more than 100 grams of heroin, a crime punishable by at least five years and up to 40 years in prison.

South faces a potential mandatory life sentence, and Groves' sentence could be a mandatory minimum of twenty years under federal law.

Eric and Cheltzy Redding were charged in with maintaining premises for the storage of heroin, a crime punishable by a sentence ranging from probation to 20 years in prison.

Authorities say Groves, South and Eric Redding were arrested on May 9 and seized approximately 750 grams of heroin.

Officers arrested Cheltzy Redding, Gardner and Payne on Thursday.

All of the suspects are being held without bond.

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