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12 indicted in alleged drug trafficking operation in East Baltimore

Twelve men from Maryland have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to an alleged drug trafficking operation in East Baltimore, authorities said.

The men, who range in age from 21 to 64, are accused of distributing large quantities of heroin and cocaine in the 2100 block of Aiken St. in East Baltimore Midway. All are charged with distribution of heroin and crack cocaine. Some face additional firearm-related charges.

The indictment was unsealed Wednesday and announced by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland and Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Baltimore Field Division.

The ATF began investigating the operation in November of last year, according to the indictment.

The men charged are as follows: Devin O’Cain, “Dev,” or “Dex,” 26, of Baltimore; Charles Alston, “Nub,” 28, of Baltimore; James Boykin, “ Mal,” 32, of Baltimore; Antonio Santiful, “Tony,” 29, of Essex; Michael Brown, “Dirt,” 38, of Baltimore; Brian Cunningham, “Shug,” 44, of Middle River; Allen Griffin, “Max,” or “Mean,” 30, of Baltimore; Wayne Chambers, “Chedder,” 21, of Baltimore; Lamont Ferguson, “Lonnie,” or “Lil Yougin,” 26, of Baltimore; Markytis Brown “Money,” 32, of Baltimore; John Williams, “Little,” 34, of Baltimore; and Sheldon Hill, 64, of Baltimore.

Nine defendants are currently detained, while Hill and Griffin remain at large.

They each face a mandatory minimum sentence of five years imprisonment for the drug conspiracy charge. O’Cain and Alston face an additional maximum of 20 years in prison for the charge of conspiracy to possess a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

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