4 in­dicted in drug traf­fick­ing scheme

North Olm­sted house part of probe

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Keith Reynolds

Four men were in­dicted on charges con­nected to a drug traf­fick­ing scheme, au­thor­i­ties said.

Four Cleve­land men were in­dicted Feb. 13 on charges con­nected to an in­ter­state drug traf­fick­ing scheme net­ting mil­lions of dol­lars in sales, au­thor­i­ties said.

The in­dict­ment was filed in the east­ern divi­sion of U.S. District Court for the North­ern District of Ohio.

It names as de­fen­dants: Amer Jabir, who goes by O and Omar; his brother Ah­mad Jabir, who goes by Bigs or Stank; their cousin Ay­men Ab­del­rahim, who goes by Heime; and Ger­ald Knox, who goes by Josh or Cricket.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment, Amer Jabir is fac­ing sin­gle counts of con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute and pos­sess with in­tent to dis­trib­ute mar­i­juana and oxy­codone and pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute mar­i­juana.

Ah­mad Jabir is fac­ing charges of con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute and pos­sess with in­tent to dis­trib­ute mar­i­juana and oxy­codone, three counts of dis­tribut­ing oxy­codone, four counts of dis­tribut­ing mar­i­juana, a sin­gle count of pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute mar­i­juana and three counts of un­law­ful use of a com­mu­ni­ca­tion fa­cil­ity.

Ab­del­rahim is fac­ing charges of con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute and pos­sess with in­tent to dis­trib­ute mar­i­juana and oxy­codone, dis­tribut­ing oxy­codone, three counts of dis­tribut­ing mar­i­juana, a sin­gle count of pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute mar­i­juana and five counts of un­law­ful use of a com­mu­ni­ca­tion fa­cil­ity.

Knox is fac­ing charges of con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute and pos­sess with in­tent to dis­trib­ute mar­i­juana and oxy­codone, pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute mar­i­juana, felon pos­sess­ing a firearm and pos­ses­sion of a firearm in fur­ther­ance of drug traf­fick­ing.

The ini­tial com­plaint filed with the court Jan. 22, in­di­cated the Jabir broth­ers were in­volved in a scheme to pur­chase mar­i­juana from il­licit grow­ers in Hum­boldt County, Calif., and trans­port it across the coun­try for dis­tri­bu­tion in Chicago and Cleve­land.

A con­fi­den­tial in­for­mant told the FBI the scheme in­volved the 600 pounds of mar­i­juana which was traf­ficked from Cal­i­for­nia ev­ery two weeks in cus­tom­ized trap doors in ve­hi­cles trans­ported in the back of car haulers.

Through con­fi­den­tial in­for­mants, sur­veil­lance, wire­taps and con­trolled pur­chases of mar­i­juana and oxy­codone, in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­nected Ab­del­rahim to the scheme as he sold some of the drugs from a Cleve­land ga­so­line sta­tion he worked at, the com­plaint said.

The com­plaint out­lines an op­er­a­tion that sup­plied hun­dreds of pounds of mar­i­juana and pills to drug deal­ers across greater Cleve­land, in­clud­ing North Olm­sted.

Knox’s role in the en­ter­prise was not ap­par­ent from court doc­u­ments.

The in­dict­ment also calls for the for­fei­ture of four guns and $18,250 found in Knox’s Cleve­land apart­ment; $23,339 and am­mu­ni­tion found in the apart­ment of Ah­mad Jabir in Cleve­land; $1,110,829, a firearm and a 2015 Range Rover found at a North Olm­sted house be­long­ing to the Jabir broth­ers; $986,730, a $5,000 casino chip, a pis­tol and jew­elry found in Amer Jabir’s apart­ment in Chicago; and $19,043 found in Ab­del­rahim’s Cleve­land apart­ment.

A news re­lease is­sued by the U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice said the crimes were in­ves­ti­gated by the Fed­eral Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion, North Olm­sted Po­lice Depart­ment, West­lake Po­lice Depart­ment, Ohio State High­way Pa­trol, U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion and the West­shore En­force­ment Bu­reau.

As­sis­tant U.S. at­tor­neys Justin Se­abury Gould and Robert F. Corts will han­dle the cases, the re­lease stated.

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