Last updated: August 11. 2014 1:29PM - 233 Views
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DAYTON — Drug raids in Vandalia, Kettering, and Dayton have led to the indictment of four individuals on multiple felony charges.


Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck, Jr. announced the indictments of Jeremy Corwin, 27, of Kettering, William Murphy, 34, of Dayton, Bradley O’Neal, 26, of Dayton, and Velma Thorpe, 25, of Kettering late last week. The defendants are also facing similar charges in Darke and Warren Counties.


“These defendants operated a multi-million dollar drug trafficking ring in several counties,” said Heck. “Several residential homes were used as stash houses. The neighbors of these homes, as well as the rest of the communities involved, were subjected to the almost certain risk of additional crimes and violence associated with this illegal drug activity.”


Search warrants were executed at houses in Vandalia, Kettering, and Dayton last November. Those houses were being used as “stash houses” to store large amounts of marijuana and hashish as well as large amounts of cash. Investigators seized over 70 pounds of marijuana and over $350,000 in cash.


All four defendants were indicted for engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. Additional indictments were:


Corwin was indicted for two counts of trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana, trafficking in hashish, possession of hashish, and one count of having weapons under disability for a prior drug conviction. Murphy was indicted for two counts of aggravated possession of drugs and one count of trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana, and possession of hashish.


O’Neal was indicted for two counts each of trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana, trafficking in hashish, and possession of hashish. Thorpe was indicted on one count of trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana, trafficking in hashish, and possession of hashish.


All of the defendants are scheduled to be arraigned on August 21.

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