Drug ring case brings guilty verdict

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A Youngstown man was found guilty on drug trafficking charges surrounding a heroin ring that brought the drug from Chicago to areas in Youngstown.

Alexis Perez, aka Scar, 31, of Youngstown, was found guilty Tuesday in federal court on six counts of drug trafficking.

The charges were part of a 19-count federal indictment in 2012 involving 12 people accused of firearm and narcotics violations surrounding the drug ring.

According to the indictment, the heroin was sold from houses on Brentwood and Glenwood avenues. Officers seized more than $150,000 in cash, six firearms and body armor as part of the investigation.

Perez will be sentenced in December. He is facing 20 years to life in prison.

Tyrone Gilbert, 35, aka South; John Perdue, 32, aka Fresh; and John Helms, 50, pleaded guilty and are also scheduled for sentencing in December.

Others convicted in the drug sting include:

  • Tremayne Collins, 37, aka Maniac, pleaded guilty and was sentenced in September to five years and 8 months.
  • Raphael Sammiego, 21, aka Chino, pleaded guilty and was sentenced in March to 21 months.
  • Dwayne Thomas, 30, aka Weezie, pleaded guilty and was sentenced in January to seven years in prison.
  • Edwin Thomas, 30, aka Frog, and Danielle Littles, 32, aka Pocket pleaded guilty and were both sentenced in January to two years in prison.
  • Rodney Moses, 38, aka RoMo, pleaded guilty and was sentenced in August to five years in prison.
  • Luis Brisino, 33, is listed as a fugitive.

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