Man in drug ring sentenced

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A man caught hiding from federal charges in Salem was sentenced Thursday to two years in federal prison for his role in an expansive drug trafficking ring that took heroin from Chicago and sold it in Youngstown and Warren.

Danielle Littles, 33, of Georgia, was handed down the sentence Thursday by U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver in Cleveland after Littles pleaded guilty to being part of the ring. He will be on supervised release for six years following prison.

Littles was indicted in June 2012 with 11 others in a widespread heroin trafficking ring. Another two dozen alleged dealers were charged in state court.

The indictment alleges that three men, Tyrone Gilbert, John Perdue and Tremayne Collins, all distributed heroin, some coming in from Chicago, to street level dealers in the area. Warren and Akron are both mentioned in the indictment as places the dealers and suppliers were traveling to.

The leaders distributed heroin from two Youngstown houses, one on Glenwood Avenue and another on Brentwood Avenue, the charges say. The members are caught on wire taps discussing deals worth $65,000 for 1.5 kilograms of heroin at a time.

Collins has since pleaded guilty and will be sentenced Aug. 27. Gilbert, Perdue and two others are scheduled for trial Sept. 25 after their final pretrial hearing Thursday in Oliver’s court.

Collins— after he was charged in the indictment— was caught by the Columbiana County Drug Task Force in November at 849 S. Lundy Ave. hiding under a pile of clothes. The task force raided the home and found 43 grams of crack cocaine, 14 grams of heroin, prescription medication and a number of suspected stolen items.

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