Authorities address CLE drug sweep: ‘We’ve taken a lot of poison off the streets’

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — State, federal and local law enforcement agents conducted a drug sweep Thursday morning throughout the Cleveland area.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 31 people face charges of trafficking in heroin and cocaine with connections to Chicago and Texas.

At a press conference Thursday afternoon, authorities said the sweep was part of a heroin initiative begun in 2013 in cooperation with the Cleveland Clinic. They said the drugs involved in this particular ring did result in local drug deaths.

The ring was connected with both Texas and Chicago. Suspects were involved in numerous felonious assaults, and some in money laundering.

Authorities said the sweep was a very significant part of their case, adding “we’ve taken a lot of poison off the streets.”

At least three suspects are still at large, according to authorities. Those include Rueben Bell; Laytoya Johnson; and James McClain.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 216-522-1400.

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