7 arrested in trafficking organization that moved 100 pounds of drugs through Tri-State

7 arrested in trafficking organization that moved 100 pounds of drugs through Tri-State
6.5 pounds of heroin confiscated (Provided photo)
6.5 pounds of heroin confiscated (Provided photo)

HAMILTON COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Seven people are under arrest after a multi-state drug investigation involving hundreds of pounds of heroin and cocaine.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office announced that seven people were arrested on Tuesday after a six-month investigation.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the investigation began after Rushville, Ind. detectives and agents from the Regional Narcotics Unit (RENU) found out that a group of people were selling heroin and cocaine in the Cincinnati area.

The investigation revealed that money from the drug transactions was transported to Rushvillle and then to members of a trafficking organization in California.

On Tuesday, Rushville officers arrested 6 people when they arrived to Rushville with a large amount of money.

At the same time, RENU agents and officers with the Cincinnati Police Safe Streets unit searched eight locations in the Cincinnati area.

At an apartment in the 3300 block of Galbraith Road in Colerain Township, agents recovered multiple pounds of heroin and cocaine as well as money and a handgun.

During the investigation, officials determined that the Colerain Township apartment was the primary location used for the trafficking operation.

On Tuesday alone, agents recovered 6.5 pounds of heroin, 4.2 pounds of cocaine, a large amount of money, four vehicles, six handguns,one shotgun and various electronic items.

Authorities say the investigation determined that this drug trafficking group was responsible for distributing about 106 pounds of heroin throughout the Tri-State in the last eight months.

The drugs confiscated are valued at approximately $740,000.

Brian Shephard, Sr., 50, was arrested in Hamilton County and charged with two counts of drug trafficking, two counts of possession of drugs, and one count of having weapons under disability. Police say he is also currently on federal parole from a previous drug conviction. He is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $5 million bond.

Brian Shepherd, Jr., 22, Alfonzo Sullen, 56, Kareem Allateef, 22, Stacie Jenkins, 47, and Ion (John) Barnett, 51 were arrested in Rushville and were all charged with money laundering, a felony offense.

All agencies involved continue to investigate this case.

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