COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A wanted fugitive from Cincinnati in a firearms trafficking conspiracy remains on the run and could currently be in the Columbus area.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Columbus Field Division has issued a $2,500 reward for any information leading to the arrest of Roderico Allen, one of 10 suspects implicated in a conspiracy to buy firearms online with stolen credit card information and to have them shipped to Cincinnati-area federal firearms licensees.

Allen, 26, of Cincinnati, is charged in two related indictments, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Southern District. Four individuals, including Allen and Columbus native Jaidah Jones, are charged with conspiring to make false statements about the identity of the true buyer of the firearms during the purchasing process from a federal firearms licensee. They allegedly had 14 firearms shipped to the Southern District of Ohio and obtained nine of them.

NameAgeCity of Residence
*Roderico Allen26Cincinnati
Tyler Sneed25Cincinnati
Kazyra Robertson24Cincinnati
Jaidah Jones22Columbus

Jones is one of five suspects also accused of fraudulently obtaining a total of five Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The other six individuals, five from Cincinnati and one from Atlanta, Ga., are alleged to have made false statements during the purchase of a firearm. They attempted to have 60 firearms shipped and succeeded in obtaining 38 of them, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio. Four of those six defendants are also charged with PPP fraud, which amounted to approximately $121,000 in losses.

NameAgeCity of Residence
Zephaniah Jones20Cincinnati
Nehemiah Jones23Atlanta, GA
Jerin Johnson, Sr.35Cincinnati
Cedric Conyers34Cincinnati
Aneesah Williams27Cincinnati
Mykia Melton25Cincinnati

Allen remains a fugitive and reportedly has been spotted in the Columbus area where he is known to have ties, the ATF said. Authorities are also searching for Cincinnati native Chad Bauer for his role in the conspiracy. The agency warned both fugitives are considered armed and dangerous.

The ATF asked anyone with information about the two suspects to call 513-684-3354, 1-888-ATF-TIPS or visit to submit a tip.

Chad Bauer (Courtesy/Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, Columbus Field Division)