DAYTON, OH (WDTN) – The U.S. Department of Justice unsealed a six-count indictment naming seven people in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy investigation.
The indictment charged seven people with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine in the Miami Valley and across Ohio.
U.S. Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman said in a news conference Tuesday this case involves a Mexico based drug trafficking organization that, according to Glassman, is sending illegal drugs to Ohio and surrounding areas.
Glassman said the indictment includes a Mexican-national, a chemist for the organization, who traveled to Ohio to oversee the operations.
The charges announced Tuesday stem from a year-long investigation led by the Dayton DEA office who worked with local law enforcement agencies.
Glassman said four of the individuals named are already in custody and another is expected to be in custody soon. Officials are still looking for two of those charged in this indictment.
Joshua Leach and Brandi Loy, also known as Brandi Richey are both being sought by federal authorities.
Anyone with information concerning the two fugitives is asked to call the Dayton office of the DEA at 937-903-5860.
U.S. Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman said Tuesday the seven people named were charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, a crime Glassman says is punishable by up to at least 10 years and up to life in prison.
The people named in the indictment are:
- Salvador Ramirez, aka “Listo”, 23, from West Chester
- Tamara McQueen, 21, from Hamilton
- Luiz Roberto Diaz-Magana, 29, from Queretaro, Mexico
- Jesus Garcia, aka “Jesse Garcia”, 49, from West Chester
- Joshua Leach, 34, from Plain City
- Brandi Loy, 34, from Plain City
- Takeea Trammell, 41, from Dayton
The six-count indictment also charges the seven with manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine as well as money laundering.
“This ongoing investigation by DEA and the members of their task force has already led o the pleas or convictions of seven people dealing drugs in our region,” U.S. Attorney Glassman said.
Agents have already seized more than 140 pounds of methamphetamine, seven kilograms of fentanyl, two kilograms of heroin and more than $130,000 in cash.
Seven other people were previously arrested in separate charges in this same investigation, according to U.S. Attorney Glassman.