PDT Staff Writer
The man considered by authorities to be the ringleader of a heroin pipeline from Dayton to Portsmouth has been arrested.
Shawn Shank, aka “Red,” 37, of Dayton, was taken into custody Tuesday night by the FBI and the Safe Streets Task Force. Shank was previously indicted by a federal grand jury for his alleged involvement in a heroin distribution conspiracy. Shank had an initial appearance at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in federal court in Cincinnati.
In late March a federal grand jury charged nine people from Portsmouth, eight people from the Dayton area, and one from Lancaster, with engaging in a two-year conspiracy to deliver heroin from Dayton to Portsmouth where they distributed it out of seven Portsmouth locations including two motels. U.S. Attorney for the Southern Ohio District, Carter Stewart said heroin distribution was being done from The Super 8 Motel on U.S. 23, The Royal Inn, on Kendall Avenue, 1825 Seventh St., 1821 Seventh St., 2025 Thomas Ave., Apt. A, 1424 Park St., and 2943 Walnut St., all in Portsmouth.
At that time, Shank, Kendall Mabry, Daryl Smith and Brandon Jackson remained at large. Within days Jackson, from Portsmouth, turned himself in. They are charged with bringing a kilogram of heroin into Scioto County every month since 2011. Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware said the street value of a kilogram of heroin is estimated at $48,000.
A federal grand jury charged all 18 with engaging in a two-year conspiracy to deliver heroin from Dayton to Portsmouth where they distributed it out of seven Portsmouth locations including two motels.
At a news conference held at the Scioto County Jail, Stewart, said other charges include possession with intent to distribute heroin, distribution of heroin and maintaining a place for the purpose of distributing heroin. Each of those crimes is punishable by probation and up to 20 years in prison.
“If convicted of any of these crimes, the defendants must also forfeit any proceeds from profit that they received from this conspiracy in addition to any prison sentence that they may receive,” Stewart said.
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