Cleveland Heights Man Among 30 Charged in Extensive Drug Ring
Police uncover drug trafficking ring with connections to Cleveland, Chicago, Minnesota and California
A Cleveland Heights man is one of 30 people arrested after authorities uncovered and investigated a drug trafficking ring with ties reaching as far as California, according to a press release issued Jan. 13 by the FBI of Cleveland.
Leonard Cole, 26, of 1025 Helmsdale Rd., is among those included in the more-than-100-count indictment. According to the release, $70,000 worth of heroin and an amount of marijuana worth thousands of dollars more were seized in the investigation that spanned nearly a year.
According to the release, Cole is accused of supplying heroin to the man originally targeted in the investigation, Rayshawn Ligon, 30, of North Olmstead. In addition, Cole is being charged with distributing heroin, crack and cocaine obtained from Ligon.
According to court documents, Cole was arrested in 2005 for drug possession, and served 10 months probation. In 2008, he was sentenced to six months in prison for trafficking.
The Northern Ohio Law Enforcement Task Force, which includes investigators from the Cleveland Heights Police Department and about a dozen other agencies, conducted the investigation, according to the release.