Friday, August 27, 2004

6 more indicted in Tot Lot drug case

In all, 14 now face charges; 7 at large

By Jane Prendergast
Enquirer staff writer

A second round of federal indictments against alleged members of Cincinnati's Tot Lot Posse gang leaves six more men facing charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

A federal grand jury indicted the men Aug. 18. The charges were sealed until Thursday, after the arrests of two of the men - Lorenzo Hudson, 19, of South Fairmount, and Ted Johnson, 31, of Walnut Hills.

All were also charged with using a telephone to further a drug crime. The indictments bring to 14 the number of men indicted on charges related to the year-long gang investigation.

Authorities have linked the gang, which took its name from a children's play area in the West End, to drug trafficking, intimidation, violence and homicides during the past two years in Cincinnati.

Seven of the 14 still are being sought by authorities, including four of the six in the new indictments. The four are considered fugitives, said Fred Alverson, spokesman for U.S. Attorney Greg Lockhart:

• Germie Miller, 29, of Mount Airy;

• Michael Carter, 26, of Price Hill;

• Tyrone Slaughter, 27, of the West End;

• Johnny Peoples, age unknown, of Kenwood.

Eight men were indicted in May, including Antwynne Beavers, 30, whom officials described as the leader of the Tot Lot Posse. He and two others have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

Authorities ask anyone with information about any of the members' whereabouts to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.


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