CLEVELAND (WJW) – Over a dozen suspects face charges for their alleged involvement in a local drug trafficking ring.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a grand jury returned a 38-count indictment on Tuesday, alleging the suspects took part in a drug ring that distributed more than five kilograms of cocaine, 280 grams of crack cocaine and fentanyl across Northeast Ohio.

The indictment says it occurred between February 2019 and August 2022.

Investigators say the suspects used “coded language” on cell phones to hide the drug activity.

The indictment named the following suspects:

  • Montez Miller, 34, of Elyria
  • Mario Hoyle, 32, of Elyria
  • Marlon Hoyle, 30, of Elyria
  • Marque Miller, 28, of Cleveland
  • Theodore Nickoloff, 48, of Elyria
  • Adrian Smith, 32, of Elyria
  • Anthony Lee Smith, 33, of Elyria
  • Mario McCray, 41, of Elyria
  • Madonna Sanchez, 36, of Elyria
  • Alex Perez, 25, of Sheffield Lake
  • Bernard Green, 62, of Elyria
  • Brandon Keith, 32, of Elyria
  • Toquato Knowles, 42, of Elyria
  • Darius Glass, 32, of Elyria

They’re each charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and distribution of controlled substances.